Denver lawsuits target oil shale plan for Rockies |

Denver lawsuits target oil shale plan for Rockies

DENVER, Colorado ” Two lawsuits by conservation groups take aim at the Bush administration’s push to open nearly 2 million acres in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado to oil shale development.

A coalition of groups filed two lawsuits Friday in federal court in Denver to challenge regulations and a plan approved late last year to tap the more than 1 trillion barrels of oil believed to be in a large formation under the three states.

The groups claim the federal government broke environmental laws by curtailing public comment and failing to consider protecting wilderness-quality land and habitat for the greater sage grouse, under review for possible inclusion on the federal endangered species list.

The same groups have said they will file another lawsuit unless the oil shale plan considers the potential impacts on endangered species.

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