This is one of six fracking sites in the Greater Chaco Area brought to our attention by Navajo Nation Members. The region is known to the Diné (Navajo) as Dinétah, the land of their ancestors. It contains sacred sites and is home of the Bisti Badlands and Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a World Heritage Site.
Drone surveys show crude oil being fracked within 840 ft of an indigenous community is Sandoval County, NM (Greater Chaco). The fracking site is located in the path of the community water supply, which had to be routed around the wellhead and crude tanks. The underground water line remains only 110 ft from active fracking activity.
Particular communities in Greater Chaco are dependent upon pastoral industry and the health of their livestock. Horses owned by the indigenous community are seen grazing on open and unprotected fracking pads. Many of these fracking pads have recorded spills of either fracking fluid, wastewater, or crude oil and pose health risks to the livestock grazing on potentially contaminated grasses and wastewater.
A Western Refining (WPX) crude truck can be seen driving down the community road. These dirt roads were designed to support local community traffic and school buses but are now heavily used by the fracking industry. 90,000-lb gross weight oilfield trucks haul the volatile crude oil through pastoral lands, endangering livestock and community members. Fracking companies continue to level dirt roads to accommodate the weight of their crude trucks. The practice cuts roads deep into the landscape. Roads in Greater Chaco now resemble trenches and make travel dangerous, block scenic views of ancestral land, and hinder the ability to monitor livestock and fracking development.
Currently, WPX has rights to lease about 100,000 acres of federal, state and Navajo allottee lands in the San Juan Basin and plan to continue these abusive and threatening methods of fracking.
We need oversight on the systematically abusive fracking industry. Stop fracking!
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Love and solidarity to members of the Navajo Nation that invited us into their communities and lives. #DontFrackChaco #DoodaFracking #ProtectGreaterChaco #WaterIsLife #FrackOffChaco
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We also want to thank Center for Western Priorities for helping us obtain the data we needed to survey these sites. Thank you for your work!
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