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Chaco & Carlsbad BLM lease sale protest
December 11, 2019 - December 17, 2019
Communities living near oil and gas wells already suffer the effects of poor air quality due to venting and flaring of toxic are emissions, increased rates of cancer and asthma, and unsafe traveling conditions – now the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to lease even more land for oil & gas development.
In the Greater Chaco region, over 90% of public lands are leased for oil and gas drilling. Development of oil and gas wells in this region will require more water, release more pollution, and pose more intensive environmental and health impacts. The BLM foresees thousands of wells being developed in this region that is already besieged by more than 40,000 oil and gas wells.
Now, the BLM is gearing up to lease thousands more acres of public and ancestral tribal lands in New Mexico, including more than 1,300 additional acres in Greater Chaco and nearly 14,000 in Greater Carlsbad at the February 2020 Lease Sale.
We need you to take action and submit comment to ensure the BLM knows we will stand up for the protection of public and sacred lands!
Click here – BLM Feb 2020 lease protest form
Here is a template for the comment form that explains why these lease sales are so damaging to our public lands, environment, communities and tribal sacred spaces. Just fill out the “supporting comment” section with your reasons for protesting the lease and supply your address/contact info…then send the form back to us!*
*Please add your personalized comments in the designated location on the form and email it to our New Mexico Energy Organizer, Zach Pavlik, at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 12 pm/noon on Tuesday, December 17th.