US withdraws western Colorado land from oil, gas lease sale

DENVER (AP) - The federal government has withdrawn about 43 square miles (110 square kilometers) of public land from a June auction for oil and gas leases in western Colorado after several challenges were filed.

The Bureau of Land Management said Monday the land being with withdrawn is in Grand County near Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Grand County commissioners, a dude ranch, The Wilderness Society and others filed challenges to the auction.

The agency cited those challenges and low interest from the industry in announcing the withdrawal.

The bureau still plans to offer oil and gas leases on 115 square miles (295 square kilometers) in western Colorado at the June 8 auction.

That land is in Jackson, Routt, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties.

© 2017 Associated Press


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