scroogeThe BLM told Mesa County to bugger off when officials asked for an extension to comment on the feds coming cancellation of gas leases in the White River National Forest, reports Gary Harmon of the Daily Sentinel.

Industry officials will have to work through the Christmas and New Year’s holiday to contest the BLM’s decision to cancel 18 leases and modify seven by the Jan. 8 deadline.

Mesa County commissioners last week opted to boycott a meeting tonight in De Beque in which the leases are to be discussed, saying the outcome is predetermined.

No truer words were ever written, which is probably why Scrooge the BLM refuses to give industry a break and extend the comment period well past the holidays.

Bah, humbug.