Udall, Interior deputy secretary to tour Chaco Canyon area

Chaco canyon

CHACO CANYON, N.M. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor are visiting northwestern New Mexico.

The two are planning to tour the Chaco Canyon area before meeting Monday with residents and local officials with the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The visit comes after Udall sent a letter to the Interior Department in which he highlighted constituent concerns about oil and gas development and potential effects on archaeological sites in the region.

Udall has been pushing the agency to ensure that any development near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a World Heritage site, is carefully planned.

Udall has said federal leasing activities should take into consideration the cultural, historical and ecological values of the area.

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