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The Interior Department has suspended oil and gas leases on 4,200 acres in eastern Arizona following a lawsuit brought by conservation groups. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, they allege officials violated federal law by not conducting proper environmental review.


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Helium is the second most abundant element in the universe. But here on Earth it’s in much shorter supply. As demand has increased, companies have aggressively ramped up helium exploration in the U.S.—including northern Arizona.


National Park Service

Conservationists have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over oil and gas permits issued on federal land in Navajo and Apache counties. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, they say officials failed to conduct proper environmental review.


City of Flagstaff

The Flagstaff City Council has canceled two agreements with a Canadian energy company testing for helium and hydrocarbons. The move follows concerns by officials and community members over the effects on Flagstaff’s future water supply. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.