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Environmentalists Sue Over Western Colorado Oil-Gas Drilling

DENVER (AP) — Environmental groups have asked a federal judge to block oil and gas drilling at 53 sites on public land in western Colorado, saying the U.S. Department of Interior didn't fully analyze the risks to people and the climate.

With drilling rigs all around them, a herd of cows graze in between the rural towns of Grover and Hereford, on Thursday, July 29, 2010. The exploration and extraction of oil in Weld County has slightly increased business in the area. Diego James Robles, T
(credit: Diego J. Robles/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver.

It challenges decisions by the Interior Department in 2016 and 2017 to sell drilling rights on a total of about 70 square miles. The sites are about 30 miles east of Grand Junction.

The Interior Department declined to comment.

The suit was filed by the Wilderness Workshop, the Center for Biological Diversity, Living Rivers and the Sierra Club.

They say at least one drilling site is within a half-mile of a school.

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