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Protecting Chaco Requires Commitment From ‘All Levels’

10.07.22 – For more than a decade, a coalition of indigenous and environmental groups, along with some archaeologists, have called for the federal government to protect the Greater Chacoan Landscape from increased oil and gas drilling. 

On Sept. 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit heard oral arguments on the latest case, in which those groups challenge the Biden administration’s continued adherence to a Trump-era move that approved more than 370 new drilling permits in that area. 

In the coming weeks on our show, you’ll hear from some of the people trying to protect Chaco. This week, Our Land Senior Producer Laura Paskus speaks with Theresa Pasqual, with the Pueblo of Acoma. 

Correspondent: Laura Paskus 

Guest(s): Theresa Pasqual, Pueblo of Acoma, Director, Historic Preservation Office 

For More Information: 

Groups Petition Interior Department to not Go Forward with Chaco Oil Leasing – Santa Fe New Mexican