A Balanced Approach is Needed
Chaco Canyon and the lands surrounding are a key part of American history in the southwest. As the former center of Puebloan culture and economic life, Chaco Canyon shaped the foundation of today’s native cultures. Today, the Greater Chaco Landscape presents a chance for New Mexicans to learn about their past, is an economic driver for tourism, and acts as a refuge for plants and wildlife in an area that already has heavily developed oil and gas fields.
For too long, oil and gas interests have been put ahead of everyone else. We need a balanced approach to protect the future of our public lands. Let’s be “smart from the start” about where and how oil and gas development occurs.