The Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District this month will consider how to spend more than $1.7 million from natural gas drilling on the Roan Plateau.

The district has received $1.73 million and is awaiting $120,000 from an account in the Interior Department, which has held the money since at least 2013 and was released only after northwest Colorado and federal officials pressed for $18 million in all to be released to Garfield, Mesa, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.