Thursday, November 17, 2016

Federal officials cancel oil and gas leases in western Colorado

Mesa County Commissioners are extremely disappointed in the United States Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s decision to cancel oil leases in the White River National Forest during the last days of the Obama Administration, without consultation with the affected counties.

“It is unfortunate that Secretary Jewell would prefer to put partisan politics over people, namely our Mesa County residents,” Mesa County Commissioner Chairwoman Rose Pugliese said. “Secretary Jewell should have made the announcement in Western Colorado, not Denver, and face the constituents who continue to be affected by her job-costing policy decisions.”

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners has commented numerous times that any cancellation of oil leases is a taking of private property rights.

“We will continue to fight against such erosion of our most fundamental rights on behalf of our constituents,” Pugliese added. “We are confident that a new administration will right the wrongs that were committed today.”

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