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Mesa County resolution blasts BLM's oil shale plan

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Mesa County commissioners in Colorado are urging federal officials to extend a comment period on a plan for oil shale development on public land.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has proposed slashing the amount of land potentially available for oil shale development in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado from a total of about 2 million acres to 462,000 acres. The deadline for public comments on the proposal is May 4.

The Daily Sentinel reports Mesa County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Monday blasting the proposal. The resolution also alleges the bureau is irrationally capitulating to environmental groups while ignoring local governments and other stakeholders, who support research to find economically viable ways to harvest oil from oil shale.

Garfield and Rio Blanco counties in Colorado have approved similar resolutions.

Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com