07/23/2008 - A proposed rule expected next week from the Bush administration would allow approximately 100 new oil and gas leases to be developed in Colorado national forests currently protected from drilling under a plan backed by Gov. Bill Ritter that backfired, according to an environmental group.
A report by the Pew Environmental Group to be released Wednesday says the plan recommended by a state task force and backed by Ritter was intended to be an "insurance policy" to protect the forests from further legal challenges. However, the report, "Leasing Colorado's Legacy: New Roadless Plan Opens Backcountry to Drilling," said there was a little publicized loophole that would allow at least 97 gas leases approved by the Bush administration to move forward.
Read the full article Environmental Group: Colorado Forest Plan Backfired at Forbes' Web site.