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No more oil and gas leases near Chaco Canyon

The Bureau of Land Management last month leased 843 more acres of land in the precious and sacred Greater Chaco Canyon to oil and gas developers. 

The BLM has already leased more than 91% of public lands in the San Juan Basin for oil and gas extraction. Do we really need more? 

Chaco Culture National Historical Park is in Northwest New Mexico's San Juan Basin. Last year, a NASA report identified natural-gas waste and methane pollution as a major contributor to the methane cloud hovering over the area. 

The BLM's Farmington Field office has approved more than 360 new wells that use horizontal drilling in the Greater Chaco area under its outdated 2003 Resource Management Plan. The BLM admits it has yet to analyze the impacts of the fracking activity it’s permitting. Let's demand that the BLM stop auctioning off our public lands, which are meant for everyone to enjoy, until it amends its management plan to address the impacts of fracking.

Please send a comment TODAY to the BLM demanding an end to auctioning off our public lands, climate and communities. 

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