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US Interior boss defers contested oil and gas lease sale


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is putting the brakes on an upcoming oil and gas lease sale after hearing concerns from American Indian tribal leaders and others about potential effects on numerous cultural sites that dot the northwestern corner of New Mexico.

The surprise move was welcomed Friday by environmental groups and others who had organized around a campaign to flood the Bureau of Land Management with an unprecedented number of protests against the sale.

Zinke told the Albuquerque Journal in an interview Thursday in Washington that the agency would hal...

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