Environment & Energy Report

House Passes Bills to Ban Drilling Near Grand Canyon, Chaco Park

Oct. 30, 2019, 10:16 PM

Two bills to shield federal lands from mineral and fossil fuel extraction passed the House with broad support from Democrats, while Republicans characterized the legislation as a land grab that would hurt local communities.

The House voted 236-185 to pass the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act (H.R. 1373) and 245-174 to pass the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act (H.R. 2181).

The bills, which would protect land around Arizona’s Grand Canyon and New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park, have similar goals of banning new mining and drilling, but may have different paths in the Senate...

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