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BLM allows oil exploration at sacred site

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MAY 22, 2001

Overruling the objections of ten tribes, the Bureau of Land Management on Monday agreed to allow an oil company to drill an exploratory well on a sacred sited in Montana.

Tribes from Montana and beyond had asked the BLM to reconsider the exploratory well in Weatherman Draw, east of Billings. It contains rock art and archaeological remains and tribal members use it for ceremonies.

Get the Story:
BLM OKs well in ‘religious’ canyon (The Billings Gazette 5/22)
U.S. OKs Billionaire's Montana Oil Well (The Los Angeles Times 5/22)

Get BLM Documents:
Environmental Assessment: ANSCHUTZ EXPLORATION WEATHERMAN DRAW PROJECT (BLM 2/1)
Anschutz Exploration Corp. will be allowed to drill (BLM 2/6)
Weatherman Draw Oil and Gas Exploration (BLM 2/16)

Related Stories:
Sacred site slated for oil exploration (5/21)
Tribes protest drilling decision (5/8)

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