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Interior Challenges Order to Review Colorado Oil, Gas Leases (1)

Nov. 29, 2021, 3:44 PMUpdated: Nov. 29, 2021, 6:39 PM

The Interior Department wants the Tenth Circuit to undo a judge’s finding that oil and gas leases in Colorado need further review, according to a filing in a federal court in the state.

The Bureau of Land Management used an environmental review completed for a 2017 lease sale to auction leases on 58,000 acres of land in the state in 2018. The leases were on federally-owned land in the northwest counties of Moffat, Routt, Jackson, and Rio Blanco.

Environmental groups told the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado that the area already suffers from “unhealthy ozone levels” due ...

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