04/19/2010 - A proposal by Colorado's Gov. Bill Ritter that would allow industries to build roads on some protected national forest land to expand coal mining, oil drilling and other controversial activities is putting the Obama Administration in a tricky spot.
The Democratic governor of this politically important swing state is asking the administration for an exemption to certain protection laws, in part to boost the local economy, but environmentalists are balking.
"The administration has to make up its mind here. Is it going to make exceptions when special interests like the mining industry come calling?" said Jane Danowitz, director of the public lands program for the Pew Environment Group, a nonprofit advocacy group.
Read the entire article Colorado Seeks Roads in Wilderness on the Wall Street Journal's Web site.