Natural gas and oil drilling will not be allowed on public lands within 10 miles of New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park for 20 years following a decision by the Biden administration. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland issued the land order on Friday (June 2). The order only applies to public lands and federal mineral…
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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office in New Mexico has deferred nine parcels totaling about 1,500 acres from a March lease sale due to the parcels’ proximity to the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
One month after a federal judge ruled that the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) did not violate environmental law when it approved applications for oil and gas drilling in a sensitive area of northwest New Mexico, the state’s two Democratic senators introduced a bill to withdraw the area from future lease sales.