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The Bureau of Land Management is proposing to lease several parcels of land to oil and gas development right on the boundary of the 10 mile "buffer" area around Chaco Culture National Historical Park. BLM has been deferring leases in this zone for many years, but pressure from the Trump Administration is pushing development ever closer to Chaco. Many Chacoan sites exist outside the Park's official boundaries, so lease sales by BLM in the surrounding area almost always means the loss of artifacts, history, and dark skies.

We protested this upcoming lease sale along with several other conservation organizations. We are happy to note that many other organizations and tribes filed protests as well. BLM received 120 protests, which is the highest number of protests ever received in New Mexico about a single lease sale. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure protection of Chaco and its surrounding, irreplaceable landscape.

You  can read our protest here>>

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    Tell the BLM and State leaders that the natural and cultural resources of the Greater Chaco Region are too important to sacrifice. Say NO MORE to oil and gas leasing near Chaco Canyon. Read More
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News About the Chaco Canyon Campaign

  • Unprecedented Number of Appeals Filed to Defend Greater Chaco from Fracking

    The Bureau of Land Management is proposing to lease several parcels of land to oil and gas development right on the boundary of the 10 mile "buffer" area around Chaco Culture National Historical Park. BLM has been deferring leases in this zone for many years, but pressure from the Trump

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  • Senators Farmington Letter to BLM

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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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  • BLM, BIA hold final scoping meeting in Shiprock

    BLM, BIA hold final scoping meeting in Shiprock

    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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