US limits oil-shale development in Rocky Mountains

US limits oil-shale development in Rocky Mountains

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The U.S. Department of the Interior is moving to protect Western range lands from oil shale development in a reversal of a Bush administration plan.
PAUL FOY
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The U.S. Department of the Interior is moving to protect Western range lands from oil shale development in a reversal of a Bush administration plan.

Federal officials say they will make 1,250 square miles of public land available for commercial leasing in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. That's a third of the range lands that President George W. Bush planned to make available.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it picked the best reserves for oil shale - a hard rock that contains a primitive form of petroleum. It's also making some of the lands available for tar sands mining.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued the decision Friday along with a 6,000-page environmental impact study. The BLM says it excluded federal lands that could qualify for wilderness protection.

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