Washington, D.C. — Today responding to news that President Biden will initiate consideration of a 20-year administrative withdrawal of federal lands and minerals from future mineral development in an approximately 10-mile withdrawal area surrounding the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, government watchdog Accountable.US released the following statement:

“This is a region of great cultural, spiritual, and historical significance to many Pueblos and native tribes going back more than a millennium,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “The Biden administration was right to protect this area from new federal oil and gas leasing and development. We applaud their decisive action and encourage them to be equally bold by reforming the overall public lands leasing program without further delay.”

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