Energy and Environment News, "Udall, archaeologists push Interior to protect N.M. tribal sites from drilling"

A coalition of archaeologists is ramping up pressure on the Bureau of Land Management to protect Native American tribal sites in northwest New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon region from oil and gas development, a day after a top Interior Department official toured the area with Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.).

The group of 25 archaeologists from universities, museums and consulting firms across the nation today submitted a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell asking her to direct BLM to develop a so-called master leasing plan for the region that identifies areas where drilling should and should not be allowed to occur. (subscription required)