Fram Operating LLC's Whitewater development plan calls for drilling more than 100 wells on 26,000 acres near Grand Junction.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Zinke has made reorganizing the Interior — which manages 780,000 square miles of public lands, mostly in the West — a signature mission since taking over the agency.
The changes follow complaints from a bipartisan group of Western state governors that the secretary did not consult them.
A year into his tenure, Secretary Ryan Zinke has emerged as the point person for the administration's goal of American "energy dominance."
Interior had previously announced it was delaying the Obama-era rule until January 2019, arguing that it was overly burdensome to industry.
Some Westerners have long argued federal land managers should be closer to the land they oversee.
The agency announced it's working with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in a coordinated review.
"This is great news for Colorado and I’m thrilled the Department of the Interior listened to Coloradans," Sen. Cory Gardner Said.
In April it appeared the national monument would be among those reviewed by the Interior Department, at the direction of President Donald Trump.
The county's commissioners say that adding large industry, such as oil and gas, would put a strain on natural resources.