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Mon Nov 15, 2021, 08:10 AM

Biden to propose 20-year drilling ban around Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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Source: Washington Post

The Biden administration on Monday will propose a 20-year ban on oil and gas drilling in Chaco Canyon and surrounding areas in northwestern New Mexico, a sacred tribal site that also contains valuable oil and gas. President Biden will announce the move at the opening of the White House Tribal Nations Summit, one of several steps intended to strengthen the relationship between the federal government and American Indian tribes. Administration officials said Biden will also issue an executive order directing his Cabinet to develop a strategy to improve public safety and justice for Indigenous Americans.

The plan for Chaco Canyon, which is in the home state of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the nation's first Native American Cabinet secretary, would direct the Bureau of Land Management to start the process for removing from leasing federal lands within a 10-mile radius around Chaco Culture National Historical Park. "Chaco Canyon is a sacred place that holds deep meaning for the Indigenous peoples whose ancestors lived, worked, and thrived in that high desert community," Haaland said in a statement. "Now is the time to consider more enduring protections for the living landscape that is Chaco, so that we can pass on this rich cultural legacy to future generations."

The area now known as Chaco Culture National Historical Park was one of the hubs of the Ancestral Puebloan civilization from about 850 until it was abandoned in the 13th century, leaving behind its settlements' majestic remains. The agricultural society built houses with hundreds of rooms, using sawed timber. Excavations have found elaborate pottery, conch shell trumpets, beads, turquoise and other artifacts. The remains of these settlements are considered among the most important cultural sites on public lands in the United States. The plunder of artifacts from this area led to the 1906 Antiquities Act, which gives presidents the authority to designate protections for public land without congressional approval.

The prospect of oil and gas drilling in the area has repeatedly drawn opposition from tribes and environmentalists. In 2018, then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke postponed a proposed lease sale on more than 4,000 acres in the region, calling for a detailed analysis of cultural sites there before the auction could take place. The Trump administration then released a plan to allow the drilling of more than 2,300 oil and gas wells in the area. Late last year, Congress passed a one-year moratorium on drilling in the area. But tribal leaders and environmental groups say the landscape needs more permanent safeguards.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/11/15/chaco-canyon-drilling-biden/



Full headline: Biden to propose 20-year drilling ban around Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a sacred tribal site

Good!

ETA - anyone interesting in viewing the Summit (virtual this year) - here are the links for both days -

DAY ONE (11/15/21)



DAY TWO (11/16/21)

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2naSalit Nov 15 #1
bucolic_frolic Nov 15 #2
BumRushDaShow Nov 15 #8
FailureToCommunicate Nov 15 #3
lillypaddle Nov 15 #5
Pinback Nov 15 #11
patphil Nov 15 #12
callous taoboy Nov 15 #13
FailureToCommunicate Nov 15 #14
Botany Nov 15 #4
brer cat Nov 15 #6
mountain grammy Nov 15 #7
Evolve Dammit Nov 15 #9
SheltieLover Nov 15 #10
Piasladic Nov 15 #15

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 08:17 AM

1. Hopefully the leases will expire in that time.

I forget the length of them. Maybe there will be no market for the stuff by then and it will be too costly for extraction.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 08:22 AM

2. Why only 20 years?

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 09:17 AM

8. In order to do any "permanent ban", it requires legislation from Congress

and various members of Congress have attempted to do that over the years, but have so far been unsuccessful. Additionally, if any of the land had been previously auctioned, the courts have thrown out any attempts to rescind those leases (at least so far).

Biden vowed to ban new drilling on public lands. It won’t be easy.

By Juliet Eilperin and Dino Grandoni

November 19, 2020 at 9:34 a.m. EST

One of Joe Biden’s boldest campaign pledges was to ban “new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters,” part of a sweeping agenda aimed at curbing greenhouse gases that are warming the planet and threatening life on Earth. Transforming that promise into reality, however, will be tough.

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The incoming administration will face several legal and political hurdles if it seeks to halt new oil and gas permits on federal land and waters, given existing laws and the enormous sums that drilling royalties generate for the federal and state governments — including Democratic-leaning states such as New Mexico and Colorado. But failure to do so is sure to become a flash point with environmental and youth activists within the Democratic Party, who helped elect him and have made climate a priority. Frank Macchiarola, the American Petroleum Institute’s senior vice president for policy, economics and regulatory affairs, said in an interview that his group is well aware of Biden’s pledge.

“But we also recognize that that was a campaign proposal, and campaigning is often different from governing,” he said. “Our first order of business is to tell the story of the value of oil and gas production in the United States,” Macchiarola said. He added that if Biden sought to impose a leasing ban, “we think there are a significant number of impediments to that, and we would challenge it vigorously.” Legal experts from across the political spectrum said it will be easier to stop issuing new leases than to halt drilling permits linked to existing leases.

Two primary laws govern leasing — the Mineral Leasing Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act — and both call for auctions at regular intervals. But the Obama administration suspended leasing both onshore and off at times, and the president has the right to remove offshore areas from leasing altogether. It is much harder to deny a company the right to drill on a tract that is already leased. And it can take decades to cancel leases outright: Lawyers have been fighting for nearly 40 years over whether the U.S. government has the right to cancel oil leases that the Ronald Reagan administration awarded on land sacred to Montana’s Blackfeet Nation.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/11/19/biden-climate-change-drilling/


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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 08:44 AM

3. We made the arduous drive to see the amazing ruins at Chaco. Great news that Biden is

proposing to protect them for the near future at least.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 08:56 AM

5. Chaco is quite an experience, eh?

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 11:17 AM

11. Incredible, magical place.

The engineering feats of the Ancestral Puebloans are really impressive, and it's fascinating to imagine what their life in Chaco Canyon would have been like.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 11:23 AM

12. My wife, daughter, and I drove in there in October.

It's about 20 miles of very rough dirt road to get there. But it's worth the drive in.
The cliffs around the canyon have vertical walls comprised of gigantic rocks...they look like stone sentinels.
The ruins themselves are very impressive. Some of the buildings were as much as 5 stories high, and perhaps more than 1000 people lived in the area. Quite an achievement for a supposed primitive people.
I believe it was not just a settlement, but also a spiritual and cultural center that was probably used for ceremonial purposes and training shamans in oral history and healing. Sort of like a university.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 12:19 PM

13. I was there in 2000. Magical.

The petroglyphs were phenomenal. One evening a group of astronomy students from UNM were there with huge telescopes and were letting the public view some great stuff.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 08:52 AM

4. Loves me some Joe Biden and Deb Haaland too.

"Administration officials said Biden will also issue an executive order directing his Cabinet to develop a strategy
to improve public safety and justice for Indigenous Americans."

Joe is becoming if he is not there already one of the best Presidents America has ever had. Protecting the Copper
River, Bristol Bay, the North Slope Wilderness, and the rain forests along the S.E. Coast in Alaska and protecting
Grand Staircase-Escalante too are huge achievements. Which no price can be put on.



1,000 to 1,200 years old and their stone work is still holding up.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 08:58 AM

6. Good news!

K&R

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 09:08 AM

7. K & R

This is a sacred place.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 10:00 AM

9. Let's hope we can preserve these special places in perpetuity. So much saner than the last 4 yrs

though. So let's hope this starts happening for many more national treasures. Line 'em up.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 10:08 AM

10. K&R!



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Mon Nov 15, 2021, 12:55 PM

15. kick and rec

I love good news.

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