Suit challenges air-quality study of Roan drilling
DENVER, Colorado – Environmental groups challenging a federal plan to increase drilling on western Colorado’s Roan Plateau say the same air-quality analysis found lacking in oil and gas leases offered in Utah was used to forecast potential impacts of energy development on the plateau.
The groups filed an addition Wednesday to their federal lawsuit saying the Interior Department should look closer at air-quality issues on the Roan Plateau as it has recommended doing with the leases in Utah.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar withdrew 77 oil and gas leases approved late last year by the Bush administration near some national parks in Utah. The agency will review the leases.
The challenge to the Roan Plateau plan claims the analysis of the potential impact of development was inadequate.
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