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Chaco Gains Reprieve from New Drilling

By Coal, Durango Herald Column, Energy Transition, Oil & Gas No Comments

A cherished landscape gained a measure of new protection this month when Interior Secretary Deb Haaland signed an order creating a 10-mile buffer zone around Chaco Culture National Historical Park that precludes future oil and gas leasing. The decision culminates a yearslong campaign initiated by Puebloan tribes, local Navajo communities, archaeologists, and conservation advocates.

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