San Miguel County might protest energy leases |

San Miguel County might protest energy leases

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

TELLURIDE, Colo. ” Officials in San Miguel County might protest energy leases proposed on federal land in an area watershed and in sage grouse habitat.

Officials in the southwest Colorado county, which includes the mountain resort of Telluride, plan to meet with the U.S. Forest Service Tuesday to discuss the oil and gas leases up for bid in a Feb. 12 auction.

About a third of the 133,00 acres up for lease are in San Miguel County. Some of the parcels will be withdrawn from the auction because they’re on roadless forest land.

But the county commissioners are concerned about other parcels, too. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will oversee the auction in Denver, but the Forest Service proposed the leases on its land.

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