Biden eyes desert drilling ban at US tribal summit

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President Joe Biden told a summit of Native American tribal leaders Monday that he intends to extend oil and gas drilling restrictions in a swath of New Mexico desert considered sacred. Biden said that “taking action to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape… from future oil and gas leasing” was one of his priorities. The toughening of regulations in the New Mexico region is Biden’s latest push to protect wild and historic areas from energy companies, in a break with the aggressively pro-drilling policies of his predecessor Donald Trump. Ahead of the summit, the Biden administration said it was…

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