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Tribes, Lawmakers Ask For Halt On New Mexico Drilling Plan

PR Newswire

A coalition of Native American tribes and members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are asking federal officials for more time to consider a proposal that would govern oil and gas drilling and other development near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

The park has served as a rallying cry for environmentalists and pueblos that have been trying to stop drilling in the San Juan Basin. They say there are culturally significant sites outside the park's boundaries that could be compromised. The Interior Department earlier this year agreed to extend the comment period and more virtual meetings are being held this week.