August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Plaintiffs thank US House for first step Chaco Canyon protection bill

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,
Kyle Tisdel, Western Environmental Law Center, 575-613-8050,
Rebecca Sobel, WildEarth Guardians, 267-402-0724,
Mike Eisenfeld, San Juan Citizens Alliance, 505-360-8994,
Miya King-Flaherty, Sierra Club, 505-301-0863,

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continues to approve new fracking in and outside of the proposed protection zone while it works toward updating its outdated resource management plans in defiance of a recent defeat in court centered on the issue.

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