Colorado Officials Leery Of Legislation On Oil Shale

Denver (AP) Federal and Colorado officials concerned about
legislation that would scuttle a compromise on oil shale
development in the Rockies are hoping to see the bill altered. Colorado Democratic Representative Mark Udall unsuccessfully tried to strip provisions in a bill passed by the House Resources Committee that he said would undermine the compromise in the National Energy Bill.

The measure, which will be sent to the full house, calls for leasing oil shale lands in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah a year after the bill is enacted rather than the two and one–half years in the Federal Energy Bill. At least 35% of the oil shale deposits would have to be leased at first.

Staffers for Colorado Democratic Senator Ken Salazar say he will work with other members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to defeat the proposals. Salazar's staffers criticized a part of the budget bill they said would short–circuit the environmental review process and bypass input from state and local governments.

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