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COMMUNITY FORUM ON ENERGY REGULATIONS IN THE GREATER CHACO REGION

 

November 9, 2018



COMMUNITY FORUM ON ENERGY REGULATIONS

IN THE GREATER CHACO REGION

Counselor, NM -- This Friday and Saturday, November 9- 10, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a community forum at Lybrook Elementary School in Counselor, New Mexico. The forum will focus on helping communities in the Greater Chaco region to understand the roles and responsibilities of federal, state, and tribal agencies in regulating oil and gas development.

The event, which is being hosted in partnership with local community leaders in the Tri-Chapters of Counselor, Ojo Encino, and Torreon/Star Lake, will provide an opportunity for local communities to voice their concerns, hear from representatives from agencies including the EPA and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and learn what they can do to identify and mitigate the impacts of oil and gas development in the region.

As oil and gas activity has increased dramatically in the area, residents in Greater Chaco have reported negative impacts including poor air quality, impacts to livestock, light and noise pollution, psychological problems such as anxiety and sleep changes, increased rates of respiratory problems, unsafe road conditions, and concerns about water contamination.

Event sponsors from the EPA include the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, the Office of Environmental Justice, Region 9 Tribal Air Programs, and the Tribal Air Monitoring Support (TAMS) Center of Northern Arizona University.

Community members attending the forum hope to leave with an action plan to better protect local communities from the dangers of oil and gas development.

The event is open to the public and the media.

WHAT: EPA Community Forum on Oil and Gas Development in the Eastern Navajo Nation

WHERE: Lybrook Elementary School, US Highway 550, Counselor, NM 87018

WHEN: Friday, November 9, 2018 - 8:30am - 4:30pm

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:30am - 12:00pm

 

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