BLM Accepting Public Comments On Fracking Rules In Rio Chama Watershed
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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Farmington Field Office accepting public comments as they update their Resource Management Plan (RMP) to include horizontal drilling and new industrialized fracking technologies in Greater Chaco. Santa Fe National Forest parcels opened to oil and gas leasing in the Rio Chama Watershed are included in this plan area. The process is open for official public comment until February 20th.
The Rio Arriba Concerned Citizens organization is calling on area residents who would be affected by these changes to send their comments to BLM before the deadline. A Rio Arriba Concerned Citizens statement said “This s an important opportunity to make your voice heard regarding oil and gas development in our watershed! With a western environmental law (WELC) lawsuit supporting us, this is a battle we can win. Please submit your comments to the BLM by Feb 20. Contact information for submitting comments is provided below.
The Rio Arriba Concerned Citizens asks that resident of the Rio Chama Watershed should prioritize in their comments what the BLM should consider in the revision of the management plan should be stating “the fact that the BLM has failed to take a hard look at the impacts from oil and gas leasing on the precious water resources of the Rio Chama Watershed.” A study of the surface and ground waters at the Continental Divide, where the 13 parcels in the Rio Chama watershed are located, has not been addressed yet.
The Rio Arriba Concerned Citizens suggests that the Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) must address this science and hydrology in order for oil and gas development impacts to be understood! Demand a scientific study on the hydrology at the Continental Divide BEFORE any new leases are auctioned off in the SF National Forest and request that all new applications for permits to drill in the forest be denied.
You can contact Mark Ames (505-564-7611) at the Farmington Field office if you need more information on the revision of the outdated 2003 Resource Management Plan.
Send your comment letters by Feb. 20th, 2017, in one of the following ways:
BLM Farmington Field Office
Atten: Mark Ames, Project Manager
6251 College Blvd., Suite A
Farmington, New Mexico 87402
BY FAX: 505-564-7608