The Bush administration has directed federal land managers to remove obstacles to oil and gas development in parts of five Rocky Mountain states.
The new policy directives were issued to Bureau of Land
Management state directors. It gives them the tools to implement
the administration's long-standing goal of opening the Rocky
Mountain West to increased exploitation of oil and gas resources.
B-L-M field offices in Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and New
Mexico will have until the end of the year to evaluate whether
restrictions on oil and gas development can be removed.
Environmentalists say the policies are another step in White
House's efforts to favor energy development over protection of wild
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