Lawmakers Weigh Push To Restrict Drilling Near Sacred Sites

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Federal lawmakers ventured thousands of miles to hear from tribal leaders, archaeologists and others Monday as advocates urge Congress to establish greater restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling near ancient Native American cultural sites in the Southwest. A House subcommittee is exploring the possible effects of air pollution on sacred sites, and its research trip has culminated in a public hearing at the New Mexico Capitol. Oil producers and federal land managers were not scheduled to be part of the panel. It comes as New Mexico's all-Democratic congressional delegation is seeking to halt new oil and natural gas lease sales on federal land within a 10-mile (16-kilometer) radius of Chaco Culture National Historic Park, which lawmakers...

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Lawmakers Weigh Push To Restrict Drilling Near Sacred Sites

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