Signature needed: Stop fracking near this World Heritage Site in New Mexico

The email below is from Anna Sofaer, a CREDO activist in New Mexico. Anna started a petition on CREDO Mobilize, where activists can launch their own campaigns for progressive change. Will you help Anna pressure the Bureau of Land Management not to allow a massive expansion of fracking near New Mexico's Chaco Culture National Historical Park by signing her petition and sharing it with your friends and family?


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Sign the petition: Don't let the fracking industry turn New Mexico's historic landmark into an industrial wasteland

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Dear 5849376,

The Bureau of Land Management has proposed massively expanded fracking on land surrounding New Mexico's Chaco Culture National Historical Park. We cannot allow the BLM to turn Chaco's invaluable historic landmark into an industrial wasteland.

The BLM is accepting public comments until May 28 on this deeply irresponsible proposal. We have to act now to urge the BLM not to frack on the lands of the Chaco culture and to make it clear that America's national parks are worth far more than the dirty oil and gas underneath them.

That's why I started my own campaign on CREDOMobilize.com, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to the Bureau of Land Management, says the following:

It's unconscionable that the Bureau of Land Management is already leasing land for fracking around New Mexico's Chaco Culture National Historical Park (Chaco NHP). It's even worse that the BLM is now proposing to expand drilling through a vast new area --- potentially extending to millions of acres. This region contains thirty-five Chaco Great House ruins and a network of subtle and fragile ancient roads, sites held sacred by Native American descendants. Don't allow fracking near Chaco NHP.

Tell the Bureau of Land Management: Don't let the fracking industry turn New Mexico's historic landmark into an industrial wasteland.

A thousand years ago, Chaco Canyon in northern New Mexico was the ceremonial center of ancestral Pueblo Indians, whose culture encompassed 75,000 square miles of the Southwest. Today, Chaco Canyon is a World Heritage Site, and one of the most important archaeological sites in the Americas. However, the Chaco cultural expanse reaches beyond this center into unprotected land on the verge of a blanketing of energy development, driven by new oil and gas extraction technologies.

The land now threatened by the BLM's leasing plans holds irreplaceable information about the Chacoans' culture. For many Pueblo people, whose Chacoan ancestors used no written language, these traces on the landscape are their history.

In 1977, while on a research project near the summit of a towering butte in Chaco Canyon, I discovered a spiral rock carving now known as the Sun Dagger site, a ritual calendar marking with light the cycles of the sun and the moon. My colleagues and I went on to discover that twelve massive Chaco buildings are also aligned to the sun and the moon, establishing Chaco Canyon as a center of major astronomical achievements.

The BLM should be protecting irreplaceable sites like Chaco Canyon, not letting the oil and gas industry threaten them with drilling. I hope you'll join me in urging the BLM to block expanded fracking near Chaco Canyon.

Tell the Bureau of Land Management: Don't let the fracking industry turn New Mexico's historic landmark into an industrial wasteland.

Thank you for your support.

Anna Sofaer

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