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Tribes alarmed over resumed O&G drilling in Carrizo Plain NMon

The Bureau of Land Management announced in March that oil drilling would resume within the Carrizo Plain National Monument, land that is significant to more than a dozen tribes representing three tribal cultural groups in central California.

The monument, located about 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles, has been a major travel route and important cultural and material resource for the Chumash, Salinan and Yokut peoples for more than 10,000 years. It was named a national monument in 2001 to protect cultural and environmental assets in the region, but two small oil fields discovered in 1948 were still allowed to operate on the southwestern edge of the monument.


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