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Land in Huerfano County could become available for drilling in the future. The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (at left, in grey-purple) is east of those parcels. (Royal Gorge Field Office/Bureau of Land Management)

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U.S. delays decision on drilling near Great Sand Dunes park to consult with the Navajo Nation

The U.S. government on Tuesday delayed a decision on a contentious proposal to allow oil and gas drilling near Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado, saying it first wants to consult with the Navajo Nation, which owns land in the area.