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Mineral Auction for Public Land Draws Protest

by Elizabeth Alford on November 16, 2015

Dozens of protestors attempted to block a mineral auction in Lakewood Colorado.

Related: New Fracking Rules for Public Lands

The Bureau of Land Management conducted a routine auction last Thursday for oil and gas rights on 90,000 acres of Colorado’s public land. But outside, dozens of protestors expressed their outrage that the would continue to encourage the practice of oil and gas development on public land.

Several groups joined together to organize the event including the Rainforest Action Network,  Center for Biological DiversityColoradans Against Fracking and 350 Colorado. Several activists tried to block the entrance of the BLM office by linking arms. 

Razz Gormley, a volunteer with Frack Free Colorado told CBS news that “To allow toxic fracking on 90,000 acres of our public land would be absolutely devastating. The impacts that it would have to our air, to our water, and to our soil.”

93% of the land located in Weld County’s Pawnee National Grasslands, was purchased during the auction, but whether drilling will take place remains to be seen. The debate over government intervention has heated up since March, the BLM adopted new rules to regulate hydraulic oil and gas fracturing on public lands. Their initial investigation took more than four-years and included over 1.5 million public comments. But last month, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl issued a preliminary injunction effectively halting the efforts

Related: Federal Fracking Rules Halted

 

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