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Published August 13, 2010, 08:46 AM

Feds would lift block on oil leases in MT, ND, SD

BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal officials want to move forward with oil and gas leases on more than 160,0000 acres in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota that have been held up over climate change concerns.

BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal officials want to move forward with oil and gas leases on more than 160,0000 acres in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota that have been held up over climate change concerns.

The government had agreed in March to re-examine its leasing program. That came after environmentalists filed a lawsuit seeking reductions in greenhouse gases released by companies during drilling.

But in a series of studies released Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management said emissions from oil and gas drilling were negligible compared to other sources.

The agency is recommending that drilling be allowed to proceed on about 36,000 acres of leases that were sold but later suspended. Lease sales would be held in December on 130,000 acres that were deferred.

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