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Mesa County going after mineral lease funding

10:16 AM, Jan 14, 2013   |    comments
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The county in June received a $1.6 million check from the Interior Department's mineral lease program, half of what the county would have received if the department had not reduced it. 

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, federal officials say the money was withheld because of a requirement that some federal mineral lease districts be separate from county control. 

The county says it now meets those requirements. The money is used to repair and build roads and protect communities impacted by energy and mineral production. 

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