Take Action by Feb. 20th (extended!)

More information and talking points HERE from San Juan Citizens Alliance

See a sample letter here and then write your own for the greatest impact.

Comments and Phone Calls to:

Mark Ames
BLM Farmington Field Office
Project Manager
(505) 564-7611

or mail to

BLM Farmington Field Office
Attn: Mark Ames
6251 North College Blvd, Suite A
Farmington, NM, 87402

Contact New Mexico Senators
Contact Sen. Tom Udall
(202) 224-6621

Contact Sen. Martin Heinrich
(202) 224-5521

How to Make Your Comments Count

Important: While it’s super easy to sign on to pre-written electronic letters, these “canned letters” (no matter how many are sent!) only count as ONE comment.

You must personalize your comments to make your voice count.

Better yet, share your comments with BLM and the New Mexico Senators BY PHONE.


91% of the public lands in northwest New Mexico are leased for drilling. Yet, the BLM is pressing to further expand oil and gas activity in the Greater Chaco region.

Community, Culture, & Climate

Oil and gas activity rules in this region–to the detriment of the health of the residents and the health of the landscape.

More than 2-dozen tribes consider this region sacred and with good reason: the area contains more than 230 cultural sites that are outlier settlements of Chaco Canyon National Historical Park.

It’s a fracking mess.

Methane flares dot the landscape. A tangled web of access roads and barren well pads have fragmented wildlife and plant habitat.

In July, 36 oil tanks caught fire and burned for days, forcing 55 local residents to evacuate their homes (read the article here).

This is not just a regional concern. Sitting under the nation’s largest methane hot spot, expanded drilling will spew even more pollutants and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, further aggravating our changing climate.

Now’s the time to speak out.

The BLM is amending it’s 2003 Resource Management Plan (RMP-A) to include new fracking on public lands in the Greater Chaco region.

This is our opportunity to:

  • End oil and gas leasing in northwest New Mexico
  • Retire existing, undeveloped leases
  • Implement safeguards for the environment and local communities
  • Require tribal consultation at every planning stage

More information and talking points HERE

(thanks to San Juan Citizens Alliance)

HERE are TIPS for effective comments.