Bill Barrett Corp. is appealing a decision requiring the directional drilling approach to protect the plateau top.
According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to rule soon on the status of the appeal.
Barrett owns about 40,000 acres of affected leases, including all the plateau-top acreage that conservationists have targeted for protection.
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