An incredible ancient landscape is at risk

Chaco Canyon is an amazing place for hiking, stargazing, and exploring ancient pueblos that are more than a thousand years old. In fact, the pueblos in Chaco Canyon are so important they have been designated a World Heritage site. Unfortunately, oil and gas companies want to frack right outside the national park, which would threaten its sensitive environment with toxic pollution.

A cultural center could become an industrial zone

With well pads, compressors, pipelines, and hundreds of truck trips, allowing the oil and gas industry to set up shop on the doorstep of Chaco Canyon would mean turning this priceless place into an industrial zone. In 2013, the oil and gas industry proposed drilling on more than 19,000 acres near Chaco Culture National Historical Park, including plans to drill less than a quarter-mile from the park. 

We can protect Chaco Canyon, but time is running out

Chaco Canyon should be protected, not threatened by this dirty and dangerous drilling process. That’s why Environment New Mexico is calling on our decision-makers to act. Our federal officials have the opportunity to step up and keep Chaco Canyon safe from fracking. But the oil and gas industry is working to block any action.

Your activism and our advocacy are a powerful combination. Our staff have been knocking on doors across the state to educate New Mexicans about what’s at stake. We’re also lobbying in Santa Fe and Washington, D.C., educating lawmakers, and shining a spotlight in the media on the need to protect Chaco Canyon.

The real key to winning this fight is you

With your support, we can stand up to the oil and gas industry and protect this incredible place for generations to come. Sign our petition today. 

 

Fracking updates

News Release | Environment New Mexico

25 Health Professionals in New Mexico Call for a Stop to Fracking, Joining More Than 1,000 Nationwide

Today, Environment New Mexico delivered a letter from 25 doctors, nurses, and other health professionals in New Mexico to President Obama asserting that fracking should be stopped, given the overwhelming threats to public health. Environment New Mexico’s federal arm, Environment America, and its other state affiliates delivered similar letters to decision-makers from more than 1,000 health professionals nationwide.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico

EPA Releases Guidelines on the Use of Diesel Fuel in Fracking Fluid

As we learn more every day about the chemicals used in fracking that threaten our environment and health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a long-awaited guidance for regulating the use of diesel fuel in fracking fluid under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Investigations show that diesel fuel, known to be hazardous to human health, has been used in fracking operations in New Mexico.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico

Breakthroughs Takes on Fracking: Environment America Featured in Martin Sheen Expose on Dirty Drilling Released to Public Television Stations in 50 States

Albuquerque, NM — This week, Martin Sheen’s Breakthroughs program released an expose on fracking featuring Environment America, the national arm of Environment New Mexico, to public television stations across the country.  As the debate over dirty drilling continues to mount, the Breakthroughs piece could reach as many as 60 million viewers in all 50 states.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

Fracking by the Numbers

Two-thirds of New Mexico is still in moderate to extreme drought, despite the recent rains and floods. At the same time, a new report calculates the toll of this dirty drilling on our environment, including 1.3 billion gallons of freshwater used since 2005. The Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center report "Fracking by the Numbers" is the first of its kind to measure the footprint of fracking in New Mexico to date.

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News Release | Environment New Mexico

More Than One Million Americans Urge President Obama to Protect National Forests, National Parks from Fracking

Washington, D.C.—Today, more than one million Americans called on President Obama to protect our national forests, our national parks and the drinking water they provide from fracking. The public outcry comes as the comment period on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed rule for fracking on public lands draws to a close.

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