Past Press Releases, Actions, Petitions and Letters

Past Press Releases

Groups who have voiced support against fracking in Greater Chaco

We sent this letter October 11 as our last in a series of requests to engage Udall's leadership in calling for an immediate moratorium to fracking in the Greater Chaco region until the Bureau of Land Management has completed it’s Resource Management Plan amendment process to include a comprehensive health and social impact assessment and a plan for climate protection and just transitions to renewable energy development in the area.

On March 11, 2015 we sent a letter, signed by over 30 organizations calling for an end to fracking in the region, and copied that letter in an ad in the Santa Fe New Mexican.

June 1, 2015, we sent a letter to BLM Farmington Director Victoria Barr, reasserting the needs above;

On August 18, 2015 we delivered over 165,000 petition signatures to Udall's district offices calling for an end to fracking in the Greater Chaco area.

At the April 2016 BLM lease sale, over two hundred New Mexicans protested the oil and gas auction and the mismanagement of the federal oil and gas leasing program. Then, in efforts to avoid future protests, the BLM moved its July sale to Roswell, and is making moving these auctions online nationally.

On September 2 of this year we sent comments from thousands of New Mexicans calling on BLM to rein in unchecked fracking in the area and abandon its plans to auction off nearly 1,000 acres of public lands at the January 18 oil and gas lease sale.

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