The Bureau of Land Management is considering a lease sale of even more land close to Chaco Canyon for potential oil and gas drilling.
Drilling activity in this area would destroy a sacred place that holds incredible importance to the indigenous communities in the region. It also threatens vital resources critical to the surrounding community, endangering their health and well-being.
We need to pressure the Bureau of Land Management to protect this unique region and to protect the surrounding communities and their natural and cultural resources.
Use the form below to sign the petition and help protect Chaco Canyon.
Chaco Canyon is one of the most beautiful places in the United States. Wild, gorgeous high-desert landscapes merge with intense cultural history. There’s a reason why this ancestral home of Native Americans is often called “the treasure of New Mexico.”
Drilling activity in this area would destroy a sacred place that holds incredible importance to the Navajo residents living in the area. It also has the potential to contaminate vital resources that the surrounding community relies on, putting their health and well-being at risk.
In 2018, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke canceled a nearby lease sale that would have allowed drilling and fracking to destroy Chaco Canyon.
This delay didn’t happen on a whim: it’s a well-earned win for Tribal leaders, environmentalists and residents of New Mexico who have been protesting the sale of sites situated too close to Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
Many voices have called for a moratorium on drilling and leasing, including the Navajo Nation and All Pueblo Council of Governors, the National Congress of American Indians, 15 Navajo Chapter Houses, and the New Mexico Legislature. This request has been backed by strong support from Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Lujan.
Unfortunately, the Department of the Interior is planning to sell oil and gas leases on public lands near Chaco Canyon in 2019.
We are campaigning for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to cancel the proposed lease sale in 2019 for oil and gas drilling on public lands near Chaco Canyon. Please sign or petition to Zinke to urge him to protect Chaco Canyon from oil and gas activity.
Tell Ryan Zinke: Stop the Proposed Lease Sale Near Chaco Canyon!