Feds block oil and gas development in parts of western Colorado

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday announced final decisions that will bar oil and gas development from some areas of western Colorado.

The two announced that the U.S. Department of Interior has issued a Record of Decision, the final step for the agency, in a 2014 settlement regarding the future of the Roan Plateau near Rifle, a settlement that was applauded by industry, environmental groups and local communities. The settlement canceled leases on top of the plateau and set new rules governing development around the base of the iconic landscape.

The two also announced a Record of Decision that will cancel 25 inactive oil and gas leases issued by the Bureau of Land Management in the Thompson Divide area of the White River National Forest in western Colorado between 1995 and 2012.

The decision looked at a total of 65 leases in the area. In addition to the 25 that were canceled, other inactive leases will have new requirements on new oil and gas operations. Leases that have active energy operations on them had either no changes or minor adjustments, according to the department.

Read more at the Denver Business Journal: http://bit.ly/2gnTmoL

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