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BLM's Proposal to Restrict Oil and Gas Leasing in Colorado Affects Helium Resources

The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering a proposal to limit land available for oil and gas leasing in western Colorado. While this proposal primarily aims to close most of the land for oil and gas leasing, focusing on high-potential areas, it has raised concerns as it could inadvertently restrict access to significant helium resources. The BLM has identified helium as a valuable resource found mixed with natural gas in the region. However, the proposed plan might limit access to these helium resources due to its focus on high oil and gas potential areas, thereby affecting helium recovery. Stakeholders are advocating for an exemption to support helium extraction in this region.

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