US delays decision on drilling near Great Sand Dunes park
July 11, 2018
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. government on Tuesday delayed a decision on a contentious proposal to allow oil and gas drilling near Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado, saying it first wants to consult with the Navajo Nation, which owns land in the area.
The Bureau of Land Management had planned to sell drilling rights on 29 square miles (74 square kilometers) of public land east of the park at a Sept. 6 auction, but Navajo officials requested a formal consultation, and the agency agreed.
The bureau said the land could still be offered at a future auction.
A spokesman for the Nav...