March 2016 Update

2016 marks the ten year anniversary of the Chaco Alliance. Many thanks to everyone who has helped along the way. Working in concert with our friends at San Juan Citizens Alliance, Wild Earth Guardians, and the Western Environmental Law Center, we continue to call for a moratorium on all new oil and gas drilling and a retirement of existing wells. We remain active as a consulting party in the on-going Mancos Shale Regional Management Plan Amendment and its associated EIS. Scoping comments have been submitted as well as recent supplemental comments from us and other groups on the RMP process that call for the BLM to move toward an ecological and community resiliency model, and that further explain serious concerns about the MLP submitted by other environmental groups. We do not accept the assumption that continued oil and gas development in the San Juan Basin is a fait accompli, nor do we believe that local Navajo communities and land should be made into sacrifice zones for energy development.

In addition, we are investigating the BLM Farmington Field Office's abdication of their responsibilities under the National Historic Protection Act, and the resulting damage to archeological sites in and along the Chaco Road. We cannot accept that San Juan County has a network of roads that cross public land (and numerous sacred sites) that lies beyond the reach of federal protection. It is the duty of the BLM to assume their role as stewards of our public lands and any sites on them. Proper procedure must be followed, not just in terms of the work done on the Chaco Road (CR7950), but in the work done on the many miles of roads that cross this treasured landscape.
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