Groups add climate change to oil shale concerns

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - Conservation groups challenging a plan to open nearly 2 million acres of public land in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado to commercial oil shale development say potential effects on climate change weren't considered and that violates federal law.

Thirteen groups seeking to set aside the Bush Administration's plan have amended their two lawsuits to add the claim about climate change. The amended complaints also claim the federal government broke environmental laws by not considering potential effects on endangered species and air quality.

The groups also contend that the Bureau of Land Management improperly curtailed public comment on the plan and commercial regulations and failed to ensure a fair market return for public resources when it set royalty rates.

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