Durango Herald, "Wells creep toward Chaco."

“We don’t want Chaco to be an island surrounded by hundreds of wells,” said Paul Reed, an archaeologist with Archaeology Southwest.

The oil wells drilled near Lybrook about 15 miles east of the park must employ flaring – a process of burning off excess methane – to make the oil pure enough to transport. Environmental groups worry flaring closer to the park would make stars less visible.

Drilling along a corridor northwest of Chaco also could hurt archaeologists’ ability to conduct research.

“Chaco is not a single place on the map; it’s the center of the system,” said Barbara West, the former superintendent at Chaco Canyon.
— http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20141010/NEWS01/141019952/-1/taxonomy/Wells-creep-toward-Chaco-