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Navajo Nation Wants 10-Mile Chaco Drilling Buffer Rolled Back

Nov. 17, 2021, 7:19 PM

The Navajo Nation is pushing back against Biden administration move to put a 10-mile protective ring around New Mexico’s historic Chaco Canyon, arguing that the planned drilling and leasing ban would diminish the tribe’s economic returns from oil and gas deposits.

The complaint comes on the heels of the Interior Department’s announcement Monday that it plans to bar new federal oil and gas leasing within the 10-mile radius of Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site considered sacred by tribes in the region.

  • The Navajo Nation Council, the legislative branch of the tribal government, wants a more ...

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