(text from: www.sanjuancitizens.org)
Join local water protectors and Indigenous leaders to demand cancellation of the January 2017 oil and gas lease sale! This sale threatens sacred sites, public health, water and the climate.
On January 25, 2017 the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to auction off an additional 843 acres of public lands near Chaco Culture National Historical Park for fracking. Already the BLM has approved almost 400 new fracking wells without a plan to protect the culture, communities, and climate of Greater Chaco.
The BLM Farmington Field Office, which oversees these public lands and federal minerals, has admitted it has never properly planned for oil and gas drilling in the Greater Chaco area and lacks any safeguards to protect the sacred sites, community health, and clean air and water from industrialized fracking. Right now, the BLM is amending it’s outdated 2003 resource management plan to finally study the impacts of multi-stage hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the San Juan Basin (draft due 2018). In the meantime, BLM continues to lease more public land and approve more fracking permits in Greater Chaco.
The BLM has already deferred the sale of these lease parcels three times (Oct ‘14, Jan ‘15, Oct ‘16), and the July 20016 explosion of 36 fracking storage tanks in Nageezi Chapter proves the dangers of unrestrained fracking activities. Until the resource management plan is finished, and proper protections put in place, not one more acre of public land should be sacrificed to fracking in Greater Chaco!
Join Indigenous leaders on January 17th to call on BLM State Director Amy Lueders to cancel the January 2017 oil and gas lease sale. And if you have time, join local water protectors afterwards at the New Mexico State Legislative Session opening to call on our public officials to stand up for Chaco!