Does Fracking Threaten Chaco Canyon?
The mission of most public advocacy groups is to educate the public on the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking.” This is an economic, environmental, and political issue, but above all it is a human health and human rights issue. Water contamination, air pollution, noise and light pollution, odors, road damage, property rights violations, negative effects on local businesses, and other problems are common complaints from are residents.
In Chaco Canyon, like any areas of the country, fracking is a concern. So much so, that in New Mexico, The BLM recently deferred the sale of oil and gas leases in the Chaco Canyon area. Famous for being home to the Ancient Anasazi of Chaco Canyon, this shallow, windswept home to Great Houses and the Sun Dagger must be protected.
These problems not only impact the people in the area, but their pets, their livestock, and their crops. Wildlife and plants in the area are also affected. The effects are not confined within the area, as the water people drink, the food that people eat, and the air people breathe may come from within the Shale.
Responsible citizens focus on public awareness through this website, public presentations, media interviews, reports, social media, and a documentary which is now available online, working with area residents, industry employees, industry regulators, government officials, and other grass-roots organizations to help eliminate negative impacts. Research has been conducted on air quality, which has been peer-reviewed and published, and are currently researching effects to public drinking water through GIS and mapping.