Interior Fences Off Western Lands To Oil Shale Exploration

Law360, New York (November 9, 2012, 5:20 PM EST) -- Wary of impacts to the wilderness, the Obama administration on Friday effectively walled off vast tracts of land in western states to oil shale and tar sands development, drawing scorn from the energy industry and cheers from environmentalists.

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to open 680,000 acres in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming to research and development for oil shale and about 130,000 acres in Utah for tar sands activities represented a major step back from land allocation decisions made in the waning days of...
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