Petrified Forest National Park

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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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The Triassic period was a time of giants on Earth: lumbering reptiles with armored plates, and fifteen-foot-long crocodiles. The fossils of these extinct beasts are preserved in the rainbow-colored rocks of the Petrified Forest National Park in northern Arizona. But the same rocks hold the secrets of tiny creatures too.

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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.

Three environmental groups have sued the federal government over oil and gas lease sales in eastern Arizona.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management approved the leases last September. They cover more than 6 square miles in Navajo and Apache counties. Two are near Woodruff and the third is near the Petrified Forest National Park.

The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix alleges the BLM failed to adequately analyze the impacts on local communities, public lands, animals and water sources. It seeks to force new environmental reviews.