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By: Paul Andersen, Aspen Journalism 

November 3, 2014

CHACO CANYON – The roads radiating out from Chaco Canyon stretch out across mesa tops toward distant mountains. These roads, which average 30 feet wide, were highways of foot travel for people who had neither the wheel nor the horse.

The Chacoans built their roads over a thousand years ago to bring people to their great houses for ceremonial rites and community gatherings. These roads also enabled the Chacoans to haul timbers for construction, bringing enormous logs hefted by human labor from the Chuska Mountains, 50 miles away.

Today, these roads are intersected with access routes to drill rigs as the oil and gas industry penetrates the Southwest and explores energy resources where ancient footprints still mark the ground.

I visited Chaco Canyon for the first time two weeks ago and was awed by the scope and scale of this ancient place of communion, trade and spirituality. The Great Houses are testimonials to the ingenious engineering and labor of stone-age people who stacked rock with artistic flare and structural integrity.

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  • Native American tribes pressure feds on oil, gas drilling

    Native American tribes pressure feds on oil, gas drilling

    By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press
    Published: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 8:45am

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Leaders from the nation’s largest Native American reservation and pueblos throughout New Mexico are putting more pressure on federal land managers to curb oil and

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    The Daily Times, Leigh Black Irvin

    February 2, 2017

    SHIPROCK — A public scoping meeting presented at the Shiprock Chapter house today by local officials of the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Affairs to address oil and gas development drew

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  • BLM should get its priorities straight in Chaco Canyon area

    Published Sunday, July 17, 2016
    Albuquerque Journal

    By Joelle Marier, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

    The recent request by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) for the BLM to reverse its decision to postpone leasing of three oil and gas parcels in the greater Chaco area that were slated for an October

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  • Future of Chaco in question as oil and gas close in

    By Anne Constable for The Santa Fe New Mexican
    Saturday, October 25, 2014

    A thousand years ago, Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico was the center of a thriving culture. Massive multistory buildings called great houses rose against a dramatic high desert landscape of mountains and

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  • Drilling the Land of the Ancients

    By: Paul Andersen,  Aspen Journalism 

    November 3, 2014

    CHACO CANYON – The roads radiating out from Chaco Canyon stretch out across mesa tops toward distant mountains. These roads, which average 30 feet wide, were highways of foot travel for people who had neither the wheel nor

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