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Oil Rigs Near Schools Worry Some People on Navajo Nation


Tanker trucks tear past a yellow school zone sign. On one side of the road, five oil wells are clustered around a pad. On the other, a mere half-mile away, students sit in class, expected to learn amid the din and the odor.

Early-morning fog lifts from the valley to reveal an oil well just across Highway 550 from Lybrook Elementary School. There are five oil wells sitting on both federal and state land less than a half-mile from the school. The public school serves 83 students, almost all of whom are Navajo, in kindergarten through eighth grade.



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