- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Colorado’s U.S. senators have introduced a provision into a defense authorization bill that would return millions in natural gas royalties to northwest Colorado.

The Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1NPMz22 ) that the provision would require the federal government to return money that was originally held to pay for the cleanup of the Anvil Points oil shale research site near Rifle. After the cleanup, the fund still had between $32 million and $80 million in royalties from natural gas leasing on the property.

Colorado’s Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner added the provision to the $602 billion National Defense Authorization Act, which includes major weapons systems and a requirement that women sign up for drafts, among other things.

In a statement, Bennet said the royalties rightfully belong to Colorado.

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

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