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Provison in massive spending bill would block O&G drilling near Chaco Culture NHP for 1 year

Buried within the thousands of pages of the omnibus bill that will fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year is a run-on sentence that provides a measure of protection from oil and gas development for Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico.

It was back in 2014 when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management began to consider opening lands near Chaco Culture for oil and gas leasing. In 2018 the agency dropped the plan, with then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke saying there was a need for more consultation with tribes to understand their concerns over how the sale could impact cultural sites.

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