Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has the authority to withdraw oil and natural gas leases for the Roan Plateau in western Colorado if those leases were obtained improperly or illegally, according to Michael Freeman, a lawyer with Earthjustice. "He has the authority to recognize when his department has legal vulnerability," Freeman said. However, Salazar said last week that he would not cancel the leases because they have been signed and he is obligated to defend the property rights of the buyers.

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