Federal Agency Expanding Office To Handle Energy Boom

Glenwood Springs (AP) The Bureau of Land Management is adding 16 staff in Glenwood Springs to help deal with the state's energy boom. That's a 50 percent increase in staff.

The office also get a $2 million budget increase. B.L.M. Spokesman Jamie Connell said that without the extra staff the agency would have struggled to deal with a tenfold increase in oil and gas permits over the past five years.

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