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More than 3,000 acres was recently leased near the Petrified Forest by a Canadian energy company to begin the process of drilling for helium. (Loretta Yerian/NHO)

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Helium production to start near Petrified Forest; environmental groups concerned

A Canadian energy company will add to its helium operation with more than 3,000 acres of newly leased federal land near Petrified Forest National Park in northeastern Arizona.