Plaintiffs Thank U.S. House for Passing First-Step Chaco Protection Bill
Industrialized fracking continues to besiege Greater Chaco communities
Contacts: Mario Atencio, Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, 505-321-9974, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyle Tisdel, Western Environmental Law Center, 575-613-8050, email@example.com
Rebecca Sobel, WildEarth Guardians, 267-402-0724, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Eisenfeld, San Juan Citizens Alliance, 505-360-8994, email@example.com
Miya King-Flaherty, Sierra Club, 505-301-0863, firstname.lastname@example.org
SANTA FE, New Mexico — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act (H.R. 2181), which would withdraw federal minerals from new oil and gas leasing within a 10-mile buffer surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The bill would also provide for the termination of non-producing oil and gas leases within the designated area while acknowledging the Greater Chaco Landscape extends beyond the 10-mile buffer, and recognizes the need for additional health studies on the public health impacts of fracking in the area. Sadly, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to approve new fracking in and outside of the proposed protection zone while it works toward updating its outdated resource management plans in defiance of a recent defeat in court centered on the issue.