Agency withdraws land from Colorado oil and gas lease sale

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The federal Bureau of Land Management has withdrawn land parcels from an upcoming Colorado oil and gas lease sale due to ongoing litigation.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports the agency has removed about 14 square miles from the sale scheduled for March 26. The withdrawn land is located in Mesa, Jackson, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. The agency says its amended plan includes offering lease sales for about 48 square miles in Jackson and Las Animas counties.

The agency was forced to pull the land as a result of an injunction issued in a wildlife management lawsuit.

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