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Environmental study released on BLM leasing progam

On Thursday, the federal government released a draft environmental study of the Bureau of Land Management’s commercial oil shale leasing program. This program calls for “1.99 million acres of federal land and mineral estate to be available for commercial oil shale leasing in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.”

According to the report, “commercial oil shale development in western Colorado is expected to supplant all current uses of the land in areas slated for oil shale leasing, urbanize small towns, dramatically affect regional air and water quality, stamp out agriculture, cause a decline in some property values and drive away thousands of recreation-related jobs while creating thousands more oil shale-related jobs.” This could have a major impact on western slope ranchers.

Read more about the report findings in Grand Junction’s The Daily Sentinel.

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