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DENVER - Two lawsuits by conservation groups take aim at the Bush administration's push to open nearly 2 million acres in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado to oil shale development.

A coalition of groups filed two lawsuits Friday in federal court in Denver to challenge regulations and a plan approved late last year to tap the more than 1 trillion barrels of oil believed to be in a large formation under the three states.

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The groups claim that the federal government broke environmental laws by curtailing public comment and failing to consider protecting wilderness-quality land and habitat for the greater sage grouse, which is under review for possible inclusion on the federal endangered-species list.

The same groups have said they will file another lawsuit unless the oil shale plan considers the potential effects on endangered species.

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