In defiance of federal court ruling, @BLMNewMexico ramrodding through more #fracking approvals in #GreaterChaco region of #NewMexico.

#FrackOffChaco coalition pushing back, demanding accountability to sacred lands, Tribal communities, health, climate,

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You'll recall that in May, @DineCARE1, @WildEarthGuard, @westernlaw, @SJCAlliance, @nrdc scored court win holding @Interior, @BLMNational failed to account for and address cumulative impacts of more than 3,000 #fracking wells in #GreaterChaco,

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After ruling, coalition of Tribal, environmental, health, community groups called for moratorium on #fracking in sacred #GreaterChaco region.

@IENearth:

"BLM must halt all fracking to conduct needed studies.”

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Instead, @BLMNational, @BLMNewMexico said f-you to everyone. On June 28, a Friday, agency released new analyses purporting to meet court ruling. They gave public 12 days to comment. Given holiday, weekends, that amounted to 7 day comment period,

eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-offi…
Even worse, agency allowing ILLEGAL oil and gas extraction to continue! Rather than order halt to #fracking activity, they're papering over legal violations, covering for industry!

This video taken by @SJCAlliance shows ongoing production at illegal Chaco fracking site,
Other illegal #fracking development in area also occurring.

Federal court explicitly held @Interior, @BLMNational's approval of this extraction violated law.

In early July, judge "vacated" approvals, meaning this activity should not be happening,

pdf.wildearthguardians.org/support_docs/O…
Shockingly, much of this development within 10 miles of Chaco Canyon, @ChacoCultureNHP, an area that legislation proposed by @SenatorTomUdall, other members of #NewMexico's Congressional delegation want to protect,

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Despite rushed review, we put together comments tearing apart agency's purported "analysis," new approval of illegal #fracking.

In comments spearheaded by @WildEarthGuard's @RebeccaJFischer we called out #Trump's lackeys for flouting the law,

pdf.wildearthguardians.org/support_docs/2…
And in companion letter, HUGE coalition of Tribal, environmental, health, community groups called on @BLMNewMexico to stop jerking around public , provide more time to comment, hearings on these critical environmental reviews,

pdf.wildearthguardians.org/support_docs/7…
"Given the massive climate, public health, cultural impact, and pollution costs of oil and gas drilling in the greater Chaco landscape, there is no denying that there is substantial environmental controversy around the agency's proposal,"

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Agency's attempt to sideline public galling given support for protecting #GreaterChaco from #NewMexico's Congressional delegation.

@SenatorTomUdall, @MartinHeinrich, @repbenraylujan, @RepDebHaaland, @RepTorresSmall all standing up for sacred landscape,

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#Navajo Nation Council Delegate, Daniel Tso:

“The Tribes have spoken, Congressional leaders have spoken, and the courts have ruled that BLM must do more than rubberstamp oil and gas proposals, yet the agency continues to do more to benefit industry and less to benefit people.”
Despite @Interior, @BLMNational, @BLMNewMexico contempt for Tribes, Congress, courts, public, we're not giving up.

We can't allow sacred #GreaterChaco region to be sacrificed for #fracking.

Stand with us, sign petition to #ProtectChaco, #FrackOffChaco!

secure.wildearthguardians.org/site/Advocacy?…
And stay tuned for more as next week we'll be stepping up to push back more aggressively than ever against illegal #fracking in sacred #GreaterChaco region.

We won once in court, securing major precedent.

WE WILL WIN AGAIN, leveraging that precedent.

Stay tuned!
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