Lawmakers ventured thousands of miles from Washington to collect testimony Monday as advocates urge members of Congress to establish greater restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling near ancient Native American cultural sites in the Southwest. Scheduled panelists did not include oil producers or Bureau of Land Management officials that oversee federal mineral leasing. "Those archaeological surveys are baked into the process," said Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance that represents more than 300 oil and natural gas companies. The proposed buffer zone includes a mix of state, federal and tribal lands — as well as parcels owned by individual Navajos. In recent years, federal land managers repeatedly have deferred any interest by the oil and gas industry in parcels that fall within the propose buffer.
Source: ABC News April 15, 2019 05:03 UTC