Study to be conducted to learn about effects of drilling near Carlsbad Caverns

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There will be a more in-depth study of the effects of oil and gas drilling near Carlsbad Caverns.

The Bureau of Land Management is now excluding 31 parcels from its September lease sale, all of them are within 10 miles of the national park.

Environmentalists have been raising concerns about the potential damage drilling could cause there.

The BLM says it will study the local geology and its interaction with groundwater. 

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