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Leaders Rally to Stop Chaco Oil and Gas Sale

BLM schedules auction


January 20, 2017

On January 25, 2017, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is scheduled to hold an online auction of 843 acres of public lands near Chaco Culture National Historical Park for oil and gas leasing. The proposed parcels have been challenged and deferred three times previously.

The BLM is currently amending its 2003 Resource Management Plan to account for the impacts of multi-stage fracking the Greater Chaco area, but the agency continues to lease public lands and approve drilling permits without safeguards for the culture, communities, and climate of Greater Chaco.

Navajo Chapter Presidents have met with BLM State Director Amy Lueders to demand she use her discretion to cancel the sale and protect public health and cultural sites in the area. Petition signatures, resolutions, protests, and letters in opposition to the sale were delivered publicly to the State Director on Jan. 17.


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