FROM THE ARCHIVE

Move on sacred site praised

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2002

Tribal leaders and preservationists are welcoming an oil company's decision not to drill at a sacred site in Montana.

Anschutz Exploration Corp., which is owned by Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz, said it would give up drilling rights at Weatherman Draw. Also known as Valley of the Chiefs, the area is used by a number of tribes for ceremonies and contains historic rock art.

The area used to be part of the Crow Reservation. The tribe praised the withdrawal of drilling as a major victory.

Get the Story:
Sacred sites preserved by exploration company's donation of leases to national trust group (The Billings Gazette 4/24)
Anschutz gives oil leases in Montana to nonprofit (The Denver Post 4/24)
Mogul Keeps Tribal Site Sacred (The Los Angeles Times 4/24)
Oil Company Drops Indian Plans (AP 4/23)

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)

Relevant Links:
Anschutz Exploration - http://www.anschutz-exploration.com

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