Four big questions about the feds’ scrutiny of oil and gas leasing on public lands

Administration’s ambitious moves on fossil fuel development sparks backlash among some Republicans

Oil and gas infrastructure is seen on the Roan Plateau in far western Colorado. (Courtesy of EcoFlight)

The pause on new oil and gas leases was expected to have limited effect in Colorado. The Bureau of Land Management issued 62 new oil and gas leases in Colorado in 2019, compared with 287 in Utah and 1,049 in Wyoming, according to agency data. Colorado’s richest oil-producing region, the Denver-Julesburg Basin, lies mostly on privately-owned land along the northern Front Range and is largely unaffected by the president’s order.