Click here to register for our upcoming webinar: Death by a Million Hooves: Failing Our Public Lands

BLM cancels Colorado oil and gas lease auction in response to court order

For Immediate Release: November 13, 2019


Kelly Fuller, Western Watersheds Project, (928) 322-8449,


The Bureau of Land Management has pulled 4,259 acres from a previously-planned Dec. 19 oil and gas lease auction in northern and northwestern Colorado, in response to a court order blocking Trump administration plans that gutted protections for greater sage grouse. The public lands in question provide important habitat for Colorado’s North Park and Northwest Colorado populations of the imperiled greater sage grouse, as well as for hundreds of other species that depend on a healthy and undisturbed sagebrush ecosystem. The Bureau of Land Management’s November 13 action follows a similar decision on November 6 to withdraw 332,247 acres of sage-grouse habitat from a recent oil and gas auction of public lands in Nevada.

“In light of the court order blocking the Trump administration’s 2019 sage-grouse plan amendments, cancelling the Colorado lease auction is the right thing for BLM to do,” said Kelly Fuller, energy and mining campaign director for Western Watersheds Project. “Not leasing sage-grouse habitats for industrial use is a good start, and BLM must also be sure to re-issue grazing leases with the 7-inch grass height objectives needed to provide adequate habitat quality.”



Be the first to know – and act.

Sign up to receive news, updates and action alerts, and get good news when it happens!

You can make a difference!

With your donation, our efforts to save wildlife across the western portion of the United States will have a larger chance of success.