Colorado

Sep 4, 2009 8:51 AM by Associated Press

Judge blocks drilling on Colorado refuge

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.

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