Spoiling the Chaco Culture National Historical Park

The largest methane hot spot in the United States, attributable to oil and gas drilling, sits above one of the most important cultural sites in the National Park System. The park’s location within the San Juan Basin, a geologic formation rich in fossil fuel resources, creates an ongoing threat to the park’s cultural resources.
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The oil and gas industry has already heavily developed the region on a patchwork of private, state, federal and tribal lands. Such development has scarred the landscape with tens of thousands of oil and gas wells and roads that now cut through the Chaco landscape, trafficked by trucks and heavy equipment, which destroy and endanger numerous ancient archeological sites.

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