NMOGA Statement on Federal Leasing Ban Around Chaco Canyon

Nov 15, 2021


New Mexico has safely produced oil and natural gas in the San Juan Basin for decades while at the same time protecting the cultural and historic treasures throughout the region. We can continue to do both, while also growing jobs, expanding the local economy, and providing funding for our public schools. Arbitrary limits on development in the region will only disrupt the largest and most successful part of New Mexico’s economy and will rob local communities of jobs and economic growth opportunities. While the administration has missed an early opportunity to engage with all stakeholders to ensure the longevity of Chaco Canyon, we hope future discussions can yield policies that are firmly rooted in science.