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USBLM looking for "balance" in O&G leasing plans near Chaco Culture NHP

ALBUQUERQUE, N .M. - (AP) -- U.S. land managers on Friday made public a list of possible alternatives for managing development in one of the nation's oldest oil and gas basins, but environmentalists and others say the options fail to take into account the cumulative costs of increased drilling and threats to Native American cultural sites in northwestern New Mexico.

Officials with the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs indicated their preference for an alternative that would “balance community needs and development” while limiting impacts on the traditional, socioeconomic and cultural way of life of those who call the area home.

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