BREAKING NEWS: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has cancelled an upcoming oil and gas lease of 4,434 acres in the Greater Chaco landscape, where 91% of public land is already leased!! We are very pleased with this decision and commend the efforts by many colleagues and supporters to defend Greater Chaco. As a result of the ruling, the BLM will need to conduct further tribal consultation and prepare an extensive cultural report describing how oil and gas leasing would affect the proposed area. For the full Albuquerque Journal story, visit this link.
Watch and share the Solstice Project’s 4-minute video “Fracking Threatens Chaco’s Sacred American Heritage” Please share this informative piece widely with others concerned for Chaco’s protection.
Resistance to the BLM and BIA’s decisions to promote fracking has been strong and widespread. Tribal groups, businesses, farms, citizens, and other groups have already filed 120 appeals that strongly condemn the decision to lease these parcels. The All Pueblo Council of Governors released a protest, and the Pueblo of Acoma have also filed an independent appeal.
“This is the most appeals ever received around an oil and gas lease sale in New Mexico and this unprecedented show of opposition is a clear sign that the Bureau of Land Management has no regard for public concerns,” said Rebecca Sobel, WildEarth Guardians’ Senior Climate and Energy Campaign.
For the latest on oil and gas activity in the Greater Chaco region, see visit Frack Off Chaco and the Coalition to Protect Greater Chaco. See also the attached map showing sites currently up for BLM leasing.
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