Court order states BLM drilling violates historical preservation laws

April 2, 2018

A federal court for the District of New Mexico ruled on Saturday in favor of a coalition of environmentalists and Native American tribal advocates, finding the Bureau of Land Management in violation of the National Historic Preservation Act for oil and gas drilling too close to ancient cultural sites. This is a victory for WildEarth Guardians and an important step toward lasting protection for Greater Chaco.

The court found that the BLM was not paying sufficient attention to drilling’s impacts on cultural resources in Greater Chaco, which include thousand-year-old Ancestral Puebloan ruins and Navajo cultural sites.

The judge, a George W. Bush appointee, rejected our claim that the BLM relied on outdated environmental studies to approve development of drilling sites. So while we celebrate this victory, we know #ItsNotOver in Chaco yet.

Read the press release.

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