Stop expanded oil and gas drilling near Chaco Canyon
New Mexico's Chaco Culture National Historical Park is an International Dark Sky Park -- beloved by stargazers for its pristine dark skies full of constellations. It's a sanctuary for elk, bobcats, badgers, bats, lizards and other desert wildlife that thrive in the dark and away from development.
But just outside its boundaries, oil and gas development has already taken a toll on the area, lighting up once-dark night skies and releasing vast plumes of methane, among other types of air pollution.
I oppose plans to expand drilling closer to Chaco Canyon, and urge the Bureau of Land Management to adopt a moratorium on oil and gas leasing on federal land within 10 miles of the park.