- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - The Bureau of Land Management will not extend the public comment period for proposed cancelations and changes on several oil and gas leases in Colorado’s White River National Forest.

The Grand Junction Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1JSZc4O ) that despite requests from Mesa County and Republican state lawmakers, the public comment deadline will remain Jan. 8 for 65 drilling leases, including several in the Thompson Divide area.

The BLM said in a letter that there has already been plenty of opportunity to comment.

The Pitkin County Commission recently wrote to the agency in favor of closing public comments.

The BLM’s proposal calls for the cancellation and modification of leases in the forest near Pitkin County. Mesa County officials say the industry that would drill those wells is headquartered in their county.

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

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