Climate to be Considered in Leasing Public Lands

DENVER (AP) – A federal judge says U.S. officials must consider the climate change effects from leasing about 250 square miles of public lands in Colorado and Utah for oil and gas exploration. The order Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras follows a March ruling that blocked drilling on energy leases in Wyoming and required a new environmental review. Contreras is not blocking drilling in Colorado and Utah, but he does want a new review.