- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Federal land managers will sell oil and gas leases on nearly 40 square miles in the Pawnee National Grassland of northeastern Colorado with the stipulation that all drilling be done from adjacent land and not on the preserve.

The Bureau of Land Management said Friday the May 14 sale will include 44 parcels in the national grassland, which is administered by the U.S. Forest Service.

The Forest Service analyzed the parcels and consented to the sale with a stipulation that all drilling be done horizontally from outside the grassland parcels.

The 300-square-mile grassland is 25 miles northeast of Greeley in Weld County. It’s popular among bird watchers.

The May 14 sale will also include 42 parcels covering 17 square miles of BLM land in the agency’s Royal Gorge Field Office.

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