Colorado BLM Drilling Plan Seen as Test of New State Climate Law

July 3, 2019, 10:30 AM

A new federal plan clearing the way for expanded oil and gas drilling in southwestern Colorado has set off a debate between an industry group and environmentalists over whether the plan protects the environment.

The Bureau of Land Management’s plan for the Uncompahgre Field Office, issued last month, guides drilling and other activities on about 675,800 acres of surface lands and 971,220 acres of subsurface federal mineral rights in southwest Colorado.

The long-awaited resource management plan and final environmental impact statement balances the need to protect resources such as water and wildlife while allowing for development of ...

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