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4th extension sought in public-land suits

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Federal officials have requested a fourth extension of a deadline to respond to lawsuits over plans to open nearly 2 million acres of public land in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado to commercial oil shale development.

Environmentalists filed the lawsuits when President George W. Bush was still in office. The shale deposits are thought to hold more than 1 trillion barrels of oil.