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See the previous article: BLM proposes leasing private & public lands for gas and/or oil development

Environmentalists say study fails to address water, air, road impacts

By Emery Cowan, The Durango Herald

The Bureau of Land Management released a final environmental assessment for the leasing of 12 parcels covering more than 12,000 acres in Southwest Colorado. But local environmental groups involved in the issue said the agency’s decision and its assessment process failed to fully analyze potential impacts of drilling.

“Unless the final environmental assessment is three times the size and much more intensive than the draft, many issues are not even close to being dealt with,” said Dan Randolph, executive director of the San Juan Citizens Alliance.

After receiving more than 70 pages of comments on its draft assessment, BLM found that leasing the parcels for natural-gas and oil development would have no significant impact on the surrounding…

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Activist and author of Kingfisher's Song: Memories Against Civilization, Wasteland Press, 2012. View all posts by Michael Carter

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