Haaland: Good News on Chaco, but We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet

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Chaco Canyon National Historical Park

Haaland: Good News on Chaco, but We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, released the following statement after the Bureau of Land Management pulled back certain land parcels from being available for development leasing on Friday.

“Together, New Mexicans spoke out against drilling at Chaco. Today, we got good news, and we successfully protected parts of our treasured New Mexico heritage from the profit driven oil companies, but we’re not out of the woods yet. Under Acting Secretary Bernhardt, this administration is owned by big oil, and we’ll have to stay vigilant to protect our sacred landscapes from being drilled and developed,” Haaland said.

The Bureau of Land Management’s New Mexico State Office announced that they have deferred nine parcels for its scheduled March oil and gas lease sale. With the deferral of these nine parcels (about 1,500 acres), the lease sale, scheduled for March 28, will include 37 parcels in New Mexico.

Haaland is working to make New Mexico a leader in addressing climate change while boosting the renewable energy economy through her role as vice chair of the Natural Resources Committee. This week she introduced her first bill alongside U.S. Senator Tom Udall, leading 100 members of Congress in support of the ANTIQUITIES Act of 2019, which reinforces Congress’ clear intent in the Antiquities Act of 1906 that only Congress has the authority to modify a national monument designation. 

She also advocated for the expansion of the Bears Ears Monument and supported the New Mexico’s HB 15 for renewable energy standards. The congresswoman continues to support new legislation, including the Green New Deal, to help protect New Mexico’s land, air, and water.