Sep 4, 2009 8:51 AM by Associated Press
A federal judge has indefinitely blocked oil and gas drilling on a wildlife refuge that sits next to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in south-central Colorado.
U.S. District Court Judge Walker Miller Thursday granted a preliminary injunction, ruling environmental groups presented adequate evidence that drilling would cause irreparable injury to Colorado's Baca National Wildlife Refuge. Miller's decision blocks drilling while the lawsuit proceeds.
Toronto-based Lexam Energy Exploration had acquired the mineral rights before the former Baca Ranch was acquired by the federal government for a wildlife refuge.