US again backs off plan for drilling on Colorado public land

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration is again shelving plans to allow oil and gas drilling on public land in Colorado after complaints from state officials and activists.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Friday some of the land is in big game habitat and some is in the North Fork Valley in western Colorado, where bureau officials are in the process of revising resource management plans.

The land covers about 116 square miles in 58 parcels.

It's the second time in two weeks the bureau has withdrawn land from a planned Dec. 13 auction of drilling rights.

On Oct. 19, the bureau said it was removing 230 square miles because it's habitat for the greater sage grouse, which Western states and federal agencies are trying to protect.

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