Fracking Boom Expands Near Chaco Canyon, Threatens Navajo Ancestral Lands and People
Posted: January 26, 2015 by earthfirstdurango in air, environmental justice, environmental racism, fracking, indigenous solidarity, oil & gas, resistance, sacred sites, water
Tags: Diné, Dinétah, fracking, hydraulic fracturing, hydro-fracking, Navajo, Nihígaal bee Iiná
A group of Diné on the first day of a 200-mile walk through their ancestral homeland. (Photo: ©2015 Julie Dermansky)
By Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog
Beneath a giant methane gas cloud recently identified by NASA, the oil and gas fracking industry is rapidly expanding in northwestern New Mexico. Flares that light up the night sky at drilling sites along the stretch of Route 550 that passes through the San Juan Basin, which sits on top of the oil rich Mancos Shale, are tell-tale indicators of the fracking boom.
Much of the land being fracked belongs to the federal government. The rest is a mixture of state, private and Navajo Nation land.
The region is known to the Diné (Navajo) as Dinétah, the land of their ancestors. It is home of the Bisti Badlands and Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a World Heritage Site.
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