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Industry group knocks forest oil, gas leasing plan

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – An industry group says a proposal for oil and gas leasing in the White River National Forest would make it difficult to drill there.

The West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Associations says it seems like proposed U.S. Forest Service rules prohibiting or limiting drilling in certain areas would apply to nearly all the areas that would be open for leasing.

Environmental groups would like to see more restrictions on drilling.

The Forest Service is updating its oil and gas leasing plan for the White River forest in western Colorado and is taking comments from the public.

A preliminary plan identifies 266,599 acres available for oil and gas development. About 141,000 of those acres are roadless, and development would be barred on the surface.