Groups: More time needed to weigh New Mexico drilling plan

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CORRECTS TO CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK -FILE – In this Nov. 21, 1996, file photo, tourists cast their shadows on the ancient Anasazi ruins of Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. Advocates for greater restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling near ancient Native American cultural sites in the Southwest are urging […]

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Archaeologists, historians and environmentalists are joining New Mexico’s congressional delegation and a coalition of Native American tribes in asking federal land managers to grant more time for the public to comment on a contested plan that will guide oil and gas development near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

They say the federal government should wait until the coronavirus outbreak subsides to ensure the public has an adequate opportunity to participate.

Despite existing protections within its boundaries, the World Heritage site has been at the center of a decades-long fight over drilling in northwestern New Mexico.

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