DENVER – Legislation to prohibit oil and gas leasing in a 10-mile buffer around the Chaco Culture National Historical Park will benefit wildlife, Pueblos, local communities, and everyone who values these sacred lands. The Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act would safeguard water sources, clean air, and significant cultural sites.
“Chaco Canyon is a spectacular landscape that tells the story of the rich history, culture, spirituality, and resilience of Indigenous communities throughout the Southwest and remains a sacred place for Indigenous people today. It is also home to a diverse array of wildlife and remarkable biodiversity,” said Andrew Black, public lands field director for the National Wildlife Federation. “Thanks to sponsors Senator Luján and Congresswoman Leger Fernández for their leadership in crafting this legislation and the strong support from the entire New Mexico delegation for working to safeguard this important national treasure for future generations.”
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