Feds want 30 more days on oil shale issues


The federal government says it now has the key people in place to evaluate legal challenges over oil shale decisions, but they still need to be brought up to speed on the matter.

As a result, the Obama administration is requesting a fourth extension of its deadline to respond to lawsuits challenging oil shale actions taken by the Bush administration.

… The government faces an Aug. 31 deadline to answer conservation groups’ lawsuits.

The suits challenge regulations issued by the Bureau of Land Management in November for commercial oil shale development, and the BLM’s earlier identification of 1.9 million acres of public land for potential oil shale development in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.