Colorado urges federal review of oil shale leases |

Colorado urges federal review of oil shale leases

DENVER, Colorado ” State officials want the federal government to determine what’s happening with existing oil shale research and development leases in Colorado before offering any more.

The state’s comments released Thursday were in response to a request from federal officials about a second round of leases on public land in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in February rescinded an offer of a second round of leases started under the outgoing Bush administration.

The Bureau of Land Management issued a total of six, 160-acre leases in 2006 and 2007. Five are in northwest Colorado.

Officials say none of the leases in Colorado has mining permits, no construction has started and they don’t know what’s happening on the parcels.

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