TODAY: Udall To Fight To Protect Chaco Canyon Area In Key Senate Committee Hearing
Udall will also testify in support of Buffalo Tract Protection Act, supported by Placitas communities
WASHINGTON – TODAY, Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at approximately 2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) will testify in a key hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining on legislation he introduced in the Senate with Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) to ensure the protection of culturally important areas near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The subcommittee hearing is a critical step forward in advancing the bill and permanently protecting this precious landscape.
The Chaco Cultural Heritage Protection Act of 2019, S. 1079, would prevent any future leasing or development of minerals owned by the U.S. government on lands within an approximately 10-mile protected radius around Chaco, which includes many sites that are sacred and culturally important to the Pueblos and Navajo Nation. The legislation is supported by Navajo Nation, All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG), New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Sierra Club, the Wilderness Society, and Southwest Native Cultures, and many other organizations.
Udall will also testify in support of S. 526, Buffalo Tract Protection Act, sponsored by Heinrich, which permanently withdraws four tracts of land from gravel mining and all other mineral development. The Town of Bernalillo, Santa Ana Pueblo, San Felipe Pueblo, Las Placitas Association, Ranchos de Placitas Property Owners Association, and La Mesa Homeowners Association all support this legislation.
TODAY, Tuesday, May 14
WHAT: Udall to testify in support of protection of Chaco Canyon Area in a key hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
WHEN: Approximately 2:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. MT
WHERE: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Watch LIVE at www.energy.senate.gov
The witnesses at the hearing will include:
Mr. Frank Beum, Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System, USDA Forest Service
Mr. Mike Nedd, Deputy Director for Operations, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior