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Feds Set Timeline to Decide on Drilling Lease Near Glacier

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - U.S. government officials plan to decide this fall whether to move ahead with lifting the suspension of an energy lease on land sacred to Native Americans or to cancel it.

The court-ordered schedule for resolving the decades-old suspension of the lease in the Badger-Two Medicine area near Glacier National Park was filed Monday.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Solenex LLC has sued to lift the suspension for the 6,200-acre lease. The suspension has been in place since 1993 while federal officials consider the environmental and cultural impacts.

Department of Justice attorney Ruth Ann Storey says in the filing that the Bureau of Land Management will decide whether to start the cancellation process by Nov. 30.

If the agency decides against cancellation, it could take until July 2017 to issue a drilling permit.

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