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Colorado agency seeks drill limit near big game

January 6, 2019

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Parks and Wildlife has reiterated to the Bureau of Land Management that it wants to see regulators consider limiting oil and gas pads to one per square mile (2.58 square kilometers) in critical big game habitat.

Gov. John Hickenlooper raised concern last year in a letter to the BLM about its December 2018 lease sale, and the agency ultimately deferred offering most of the acreage largely because of a number of wildlife and other issues raised by the governor.

The Daily Sentinel reports the BLM is now proposing a March lease sale, which includes northwest Colorado parcels.

Parks and Wildlife regional manager JT Romatzke sent another letter noting the state’s hope of seeing the BLM limit pads for parcels with the highest-priority big-game winter range habitats and migration corridors.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com