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San Miguel County, environmental groups sue feds over oil and gas leases, claim risk to sage grouse ignored

Author: Ernest Luning - October 11, 2017 - Updated: October 11, 2017

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Claiming the federal government failed to consider the impact of drilling on a threatened bird's habitat, three environmental groups and San Miguel County sued the Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday seeking to cancel a number of oil and gas leases sold earlier this year in southwest Colorado.

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Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. Since 2009, he has been the senior political reporter and occasional editor for The Colorado Statesman.