The new plans are expected to remove the most protective habitat designations for about 13,000 square miles of public land.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Exactly how much land depends on pasture quality as determined by the government, but you can safely assume several hundred if not thousands of acres.
More than 50 parcels in New Mexico and Oklahoma will be up for bid including nine parcels near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris is presiding over a Thursday hearing on whether the moratorium should be reinstated.
The Interior Department plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling and other activities across millions of acres in the American West.
The land was in big game habitat and the North Fork Valley in western Colorado.
The lawsuit claims that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and the BLM didn’t properly assess the environmental impact of drilling on the land.
A replacement rule from the Interior Department rescinds mandates for companies to reduce gas pollution.
Sen. Michael Bennet and Gov. John Hickenlooper asked the government to stop plans for oil and gas drilling on habitat for the greater sage grouse.
About 30 percent of the Little Book Cliffs herd will be trapped by the BLM to minimize overgrazing.