By: Chad Reich/KBUT

A Bureau of Land Management Field Office on the Western Slope decided to open 95 percent of lands under its watch to oil and gas leasing. The State of Colorado and West Slope conservation groups are suing to stop the sales.

Local reporter Chad Reich has this timely story on issue playing out now on the national level.

Photo: A natural gas pad and well in the Gunnison National Forest north of Paonia, Colorado. Credit: Chad J. Reich.

This story is part of a new collaboration reporting on the impacts of fossil fuels coordinated by the Rocky Mountain Community Radio Coalition.

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