07/31/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Rebecca Watson, Interior Department Official, Drops Ties To Roan Plateau Lawsuit After Conflict Of Interest Allegations

A woman who had authority over planning for oil and gas development on the Roan Plateau while she was a high-level federal official has withdrawn from involvement in a lawsuit over leasing of the plateau.

Rebecca Watson had represented Bill Barrett Corp., which holds the oil and gas leases on the plateau top. She withdrew from the case after resigning her partnership with Hogan Lovells US LLP in Denver and joining another firm as a shareholder. Barrett wanted Hogan Lovells to continue to represent it in the Roan case, according to court files.

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