Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act and Buffalo Tract Protection Act receive key hearing in Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, delivered opening remarks at a Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining hearing on S. 1079, the Chaco Culture Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill he introduced with U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) to withdraw the federal lands around Chaco Canyon from further mineral development.
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.
Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) released the following statement after New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard signed an executive order placing a moratorium on new oil and gas development on state trust land in a buffer zone around Chaco Canyon.
SANTA FE, NM – Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard has signed Land Office Executive Order 2019-002, (view here) placing a moratorium on new oil and gas development on state trust land in a buffer zone around Chaco Canyon.
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.
News from the Western Environmental Law Center
The Greater Chaco region of New Mexico is home to Chaco Canyon, extensive Ancestral Pueblo ruins, and Navajo communities. These public lands are considered the cultural heart of the American Southwest and are under attack.
By Liz Trotter-Press Contact
BLM and Sec. (Ryan) Zinke have opened their condensed protest period on their sale notice of 114 parcels covering 89,162 acres of public lands in New Mexico, including lands in northwestern New Mexico where local tribal communities have raised concerns about the impacts of drilling.