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Chaco has been declared a "sacrifice zone" thereby justifying oil and gas and mineral extraction. We all know U.S. historical monuments or places nationally revered would not even remotely be considered areas for oil and gas exploration, yet alone exploitation. Ten mile protections is not nearly enough. Let's keep raising our voices.

" Nov. 17th - Counselor, NM—Today, U.S. Representative Teresa Leger Fernandez and Sen. Ben Ray Lujan introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a move recognized by the Greater Chaco Coalition as a step in the right direction. Though the Coalition supports this legislation, more needs to be done to address the cumulative impact of extractive industries on the Greater Chaco Landscape and its communities.

This bill would withdraw federal minerals from new oil and gas leasing within a 10-mile buffer surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park, while recognizing that the Greater Chaco Landscape extends well beyond this ten-mile buffer. The bill affirms the need for health studies on the impacts of fracking in the region.

Though there is widespread support for protecting cultural resources and public health beyond the proposed 10-mile buffer, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to rubber stamp industrialized fracking across the region, with more than 90% of the landscape already leased for oil and gas. By the Bureau’s own analysis, the proposed mineral withdrawal will have minimal impact on oil and gas extraction – reducing gas production only 0.5 percent, and oil production a mere 2.5 percent.

Secretary Haaland has committed the landmark Honoring Chaco Initiative to address landscape-level management, which the Greater Chaco Coalition hopes will finally address the cumulative impacts of oil and gas extraction across the Greater Chaco Landscape and chart a path towards a more just future. "Coalition declares bill introduction as positive first step, but calls for more to address legacies of sacrifice zones and environmental justice for communities and the Greater Chaco Landscape.
#FrackOffChaco #EnvironmentalJustice

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Chaco has been declared a sacrifice zone thereby justifying oil and gas and mineral extraction. We all know U.S. historical monuments or places nationally revered would not even remotely be considered areas for oil and gas exploration, yet alone exploitation. Ten mile protections is not nearly enough. Lets keep raising our voices.
 Nov. 17th - Counselor, NM—Today, U.S. Representative Teresa Leger Fernandez and Sen. Ben Ray Lujan introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a move recognized by the Greater Chaco Coalition as a step in the right direction. Though the Coalition supports this legislation, more needs to be done to address the cumulative impact of extractive industries on the Greater Chaco Landscape and its communities.
This bill would withdraw federal minerals from new oil and gas leasing within a 10-mile buffer surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park, while recognizing that the Greater Chaco Landscape extends well beyond this ten-mile buffer. The bill affirms the need for health studies on the impacts of fracking in the region.
Though there is widespread support for protecting cultural resources and public health beyond the proposed 10-mile buffer, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to rubber stamp industrialized fracking across the region, with more than 90% of the landscape already leased for oil and gas. By the Bureau’s own analysis, the proposed mineral withdrawal will have minimal impact on oil and gas extraction – reducing gas production only 0.5 percent, and oil production a mere 2.5 percent.
Secretary Haaland has committed the landmark Honoring Chaco Initiative to address landscape-level management, which the Greater Chaco Coalition hopes will finally address the cumulative impacts of oil and gas extraction across the Greater Chaco Landscape and chart a path towards a more just future.

From WildEarth Guardians. A rally in Albuquerque November 16th to stand together for NM forest protections. The wildfires in 2022 have hit our forests hard - we can rally and speak up for our public forested lands!

From WEG - "Calling all Guardians of mature and old-growth forests! There are three rallies planned across the West over the next week, all gathering outside regional forest service offices — making our message loud and clear that federal mature and old-growth forests on #publiclands are #WorthMoreStanding! "

November 16th in Albuquerque, NM
333 Broadway Blvd. SE, 87102
gathering at 12:00 pmCalling all Guardians of mature and old-growth forests!

There are three rallies planned across the West over the next week, all gathering outside regional forest service offices — making our message loud and clear that federal mature and old-growth forests on #publiclands are #WorthMoreStanding!

November 14th in Missoula, MT
26 Fort Missoula Rd, 59804
gathering at 12:30 pm

November 16th in Albuquerque, NM
333 Broadway Blvd. SE, 87102
gathering at 12:00 pm

November 17th in Portland, OR
Terry Schrunk Plaza* in downtown Portland
gathering at 11:30 am

For more details on these rallies and more, check out Guardians events page at:

WildEarthGuardians.org/about-us/events/

* a prior version of this post had the wrong address for the Portland rally
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From WildEarth Guardians. A rally in Albuquerque November 16th to stand together for NM forest protections. The wildfires in 2022 have hit our forests hard - we can rally and speak up for our public forested lands! 
From WEG - Calling all Guardians of mature and old-growth forests! There are three rallies planned across the West over the next week, all gathering outside regional forest service offices — making our message loud and clear that federal mature and old-growth forests on #publiclands are #WorthMoreStanding! 
November 16th in Albuquerque, NM
333 Broadway Blvd. SE, 87102
gathering at 12:00 pm

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See today's post (Mon. the 14th) for more info from WildEarth - plans federal agencies have made which oppose Biden's pledge to protect mature forests (!). And a petition to sign if you cannot attend the rally.

Thanks for spreading the word! We look forward to seeing everyone at these rallies. Even if you can't attend the rallies in person, you can raise your voice by taking action here. guardiansaction.org/SaveForests

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