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Gas pipeline, road construction approved for monument


The federal Bureau of Land Management is approving new natural gas well development in the Upper Missouri River Breaks, two years after the area was declared a national monument.

Gary Slagel, manager of the monument, said today his decision to approve the development fits the use of the area President Clinton declared appropriate when he created the monument.

"With the proper mitigation the impacts are minor," Slagel said.

Dennis Tighe, president of the Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument, said his organization wants to be sure that development of leases on the monument doesn't damage i...

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