This Dec. 12, 2008 picture shows ancient American Indian rock art next to a road at Nine Mile Canyon in Utah. The artifacts are being affected by the increased traffic from the service vehicles supporting the oil and natural gas claims within the canyon. The dust thrown up from these large trucks is dusting the rock art panels and is believed to be damaging the surface. An unusual agreement to protect the canyon decorated by the images is expected to allow energy development to move forward. The pact is scheduled to be signed Jan. 5, 2010 by federal and state agencies, conservation and archaeology groups, tribal leaders and a Denver-based natural gas producer.
Al Hartmann, Associated Press
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