Governor Ritter Signing Bill To Block Army Expansion

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
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The Army's plan to expand a southeast Colorado training site will face another obstacle when Governor Bill Ritter signs a bill barring the use of state land for the project.

Ritter plans to sign legislation Tuesday that prevents the state from selling or leasing land to the Army to add to the Pinon Canyon Maneuver site.

About 20 percent of the land the Army wants for the site is state-owned.

The Army says it needs to expand the site to accommodate new weapons, tactics and soldiers. The plan was announced more than three years ago but has run into opposition from neighboring ranchers and congressional representatives.

Opponents filed a federal lawsuit questioning the environmental impact of the expansion. The case is set to be heard Wednesday.

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