Suit seeks to stop oil-gas drilling on 9 public land parcels
October 11, 2017
TELLURIDE, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado county and three environmental groups have sued the federal government, saying the sale of nine oil and gas leases on public land in southwestern Colorado could harm the threatened Gunnison sage grouse.
The lawsuit filed in Denver federal court Tuesday says the federal Bureau of Land Management didn't consult with wildlife managers and didn't conduct required reviews before selling leases in March.
The lawsuit asks a judge to invalidate the leases.
Agency spokesman Jayson Barangan said officials hadn't seen the lawsuit and couldn't comment.