Feds cancel oil and gas lease sale near Chaco Canyon


The Department of the Interior has canceled the oil and gas lease sale near Chaco Canyon.

The lease would have auctioned off more than 4,000 acres for fracking, which some argued would have threatened ancient ruins and exposed communities to increased pollution.

Thousands of people have rallied in opposition to the sale, and 459 administrative protests were filed.

The BLM announced the lease is cancelled until the agency can further consult with tribes and local leaders.

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