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EPA, Navajo Nation Ask for Delay in Drilling Plan Near Great Sand Dunes NP

The BLM plans to auction access to underground minerals within a mile of the national park.

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Several groups, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Navajo Nation, are protesting the Bureau of Land Management’s planned auction of mineral rights within a mile of Great Sand Dunes National Park. Among the concerns: environmental damage in the sensitive ecosystem and the fact that the Navajo consider two peaks in the area to be sacred.