In an unexpected move, the BLM’s Farmington field office decided not to sell 34 out of 38 parcels around Chaco Culture Historical Park that had been nominated for oil and gas development by the industry. In the Environmental Assessment released last week for the January 2014 lease sale, the BLM made the sale of only four of the proposed parcels its “preferred alternative.”

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