Environmentalists appeal BLM extension of Colorado leases. Wilderness Workshop, a Colorado environmental group, is appealing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (“BLM’s”) decision to suspend 25 oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide pending a new study of potential environmental impacts. Although the leases were due to expire this month, BLM stated that, it may choose to void, extend, or renew the leases after the study is completed. Until then, the lessees cannot develop the leases. Wilderness Workshop argues that BLM should have just allowed the leases to expire as they were never developed and characterizes the lease suspensions as a “bailout” of the companies. The appeal is to the BLM State Director and then may be appealed to the Interior Board of Land Appeals.