Protect Ancient Ruins From Fracking by Big Oil

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Target: U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan

Goal: Stop allowing oil corporations to destroy unique environmental and cultural site with fracking.

Permits to frack an area rich with both wildlife and cultural significance for multiple Native American tribes are still being granted to corporations who want to blow apart the land for its natural resources. Over 165,000 people signed petitions to save New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon–a designated World Heritage Site–and the greater area from destruction, supported by multiple environmentalist and progressive organizations, including ForceChange.

Anti-fracking activists joined forces to deliver these signatures to U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan after a court ruled that the Bureau of Land Management can go ahead and keep issuing fracking permits despite local and national opposition. Meanwhile, fracking sites are rapidly appearing in the area and some have already begun their destructive activity, wrecking havoc on the local communities and ecosystems. Nearby residents endure truck traffic, noise and air pollution, and can already smell the toxic odors coming from the dangerous chemicals used in the fracking process. One fracking site has been set up just across the street from the Lybrook Elementary School.

At the same time, this fracking activity is destroying the land of ancestral and modern-day Native Americans like the Navajo. They not only rely on this land for survival, it’s essential for their traditional cultural practices–and much of this sacred land lies outside of the currently protected park area. These sites are being tainted by fracking more and more each day as the United States government once again allows land stolen from Native American tribes to be used, abused, and obliterated.

Activists continue to fight hard against the injustices of environmental destruction, the poisoning of our air and water, and the continuous, brutal disrespect and exploitation of sacred Native American lands. We have thus far been ignored, but we can’t give up the fight. A press release from the WildEarth Guardians outlines how reams of petition signatures (many from ForceChange) have been delivered to local politicians and to Washington D.C. demanding an immediate moratorium on all fracking activities in the Chaco area.

We’ve shown how much support we can gather for this important issue by working together. Now, in this critical period, we need to collectively stand up and demand change. Sign to pledge your voice to save the Chaco Canyon and all it has to offer from being ravaged by fracking.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan,

In spite of widespread protest and over 165,000 petition signatures, the Bureau of Land Management is still handing out permits to companies to allow them to frack the area in and around the Chaco Canyon of New Mexico. You should be aware of both the ecological and cultural importance of this designated World Heritage Site.

Though the Chaco Culture National Historical Park is protected from fracking, the unprotected areas around the park still contain many historically and culturally essential Native American sites and structures. Fracking sites are also being set up dangerously close to residential areas, including one that’s been built just across the street from an elementary school. Considering the dangerous chemicals and emissions let loose by fracking, this should be considered unacceptable to any local resident.

A court has ruled that the bureau can keep giving out fracking permits, but you and your fellow Senators and Congress members can stop the devastation of this land by issuing an immediate moratorium on all fracking in the area. Take a stand and stop the systematic destruction of this beautiful land and the already ravaged culture of your state’s Native American tribes.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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10 Comments

  1. First the US government steals the land from Native Americans, and then decides to destroy it by fracking. So what’s the difference between the US government destroying their own people’s heritage and ISIL destroying Palmyra?

  2. If our president was so concerned about global warming / WARNING. He would stop this. The big question is the next president, will he or she stop the Federal gov from wreaking Havoc on our world? Who can stop this? Gasland says it all. Our Gov is choosing paper ” money ” over people, soil, animals, our world. The CEO’s and their children/families should be forced to live at these frack sites if there so safe. Sad that “We The People” do not matter.

    • We all know POTUS only talks the talk; he hardly walks the walk. He, like most politicians, got in in 2008 with the help of his rich friends, and has always been two-faced. (To be less insulting, let’s just say he uses plenty of PR “double-speak”.)
      If he cared about the environment, he would have long ago said “NO” to KXL, seismic search for oil in the Atlantic, Shell drilling in the Arctic, and fracking in general. Next POTUS? Unless it’s one like Sanders or Warren, who the Democrats don’t even want to support – look out!

      • Christina Anderson says:

        I agree 100% Stan Benton.

      • From what I understand of American politics from following some of the US environmental/wildlife organisations the Republicans would be no better if not worse. They seem to be the ones who want to gut the Endangered Species Act, sell off your forests/wilderness etc. At least some areas have been given protection under the current administration. However there’s no doubt fracking, mining, oil etc. are bad news, and the disrespect of the Native American culture in this instance is totally unacceptable.

  3. Fracking should be banned altogether. Every time one of those fracking bastards lies and says that the poisonous toxins they pump into the earth are safe, I want to ask them to do us all a big favor and take a big drink!!

  4. Utterly unacceptable. The destruction of the earth and its life needs to cease. Is nothing sacred? It seems not!

    “The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers, he belongs just as the buffalo belonged….”

    “We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.”

  5. I cant grasp the concept of why anyone would want to destroy a culture and peoples heritage. How would the whites feel if someone destroyed the statue of liberty?

  6. This has been on my bucket list for years. I detest ties idea it could be damaged by oil industry.

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