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BLM moves forward with plan for oil and gas leases on southern Utah lands rich in ancient Puebloan ruins

Salt Lake Tribune – Study of acreage spanning Recapture and Jenny canyons goes to public comment as the Bureau of Land Management pushes Trump’s ‘America First’ energy strategy: “The Bureau of Land Management plans to move forward on nearly 52,000 acres of proposed oil and gas leases in archaeologically sensitive parts of southeastern Utah. Among the 43 parcels to be auctioned in March are several that span Recapture and Jenny canyons, Mustang Mesa, Alkali Ridge and Montezuma Creek — all spots harboring a rich record of Ancestral Puebloan habitation dating back centuries, according to an environmental review released on Friday. Environmental and historic preservation groups quickly denounced the decision, which the BLM said was made to further President Donald Trump’s “America First” energy strategy….”

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