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Rep. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and environmental groups are on the same page when it comes to curbing the Bureau of Land Management's ability to approve commercial oil shale leases next year: They want to revoke the authority.
Udall is concerned the current push for oil shale development could mirror the sudden bust when Exxon pulled out of the Colony Shale Oil Project in 1982.
"Let's not produce the mistake that resulted in Black Sunday," Udall told reporters after a House Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing yesterday.
At issue is a 2005 Energy Policy Act provision that directs BLM to seek commercial oil shale leases even as the agency issues research and development leases and grants on public lands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.