A federal court in Denver Thursday heard oral arguments in an appeal by the oil and gas industry over dozens of disputed leases near national parks and monuments in Utah and Colorado. Shortly after taking office in 2009, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar revoked many of the leases that were issued in the late hour of the Bush Administration. It’s the latest clash between the Obama Administration and western oil and gas companies.
A federal court in Denver this morning will hear the oil and gas industry’s appeal of a ruling by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that revoked dozens of drilling leases near national parks in Utah and Colorado. The hearing follows an unsuccessful challenge to the move by many companies and Utah counties.
President Obama rejected an application to build the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast on Wednesday. He blamed congressional Republicans, who had set a 60-day deadline for his administration to complete its review of the project.
Just minutes after Obama issued a statement denying the permit, Republican members of Congress lined up before TV cameras.
"I'm deeply, deeply disappointed that our president decided to put his politics above the nation," said Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska.
Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 2:20 pm
Saying it did not have sufficient time to properly vet the proposal, the State Department said it would recommend rejecting a proposal by TransCanada to build a 1,700 mile pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas.