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Biden Administration Bans New Oil Drilling Near 'Irreplaceable' Tribal Cultural Site In New Mexico

Posted on AllSides June 2nd, 2023
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via Associated Press

President Joe Biden’s administration on Friday ordered a 20-year ban on new drilling and mining around New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon, a high-desert landscape rich in Indigenous cultural sites.

The action applies to all federally managed lands within a 10-mile radius of Chaco Culture National Historical Park, but does not affect existing oil and gas leases or any mineral development on private, state or tribal lands. Biden first moved to protect the area in November 2021.

The Interior Department said the move will safeguard “irreplaceable cultural sites where Pueblo and Tribal...

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