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Demand BLM Protect Chaco's Sacred Sites From Fracking

New Mexico’s beautiful Chaco Canyon region is home to ancient ruins that are sacred to the Pueblo and Navajo people. Now, the government wants to let fossil fuel companies frack millions of acres of land in the area—putting this priceless cultural heritage at grave risk. The next four days are a crucial window to tell the Bureau of Land Management that's unacceptable. Send a message: don’t frack near Chaco Canyon! More than a thousand years ago, Chaco Canyon was the spiritual, economic and political center of a vast civilization that stretched across much of the American southwest. Without modern tools or wheels, the ancient Anasazi people built huge ceremonial Great Houses in and around Chaco Canyon and connected them to spiritually significant places with massive roads, astonishingly straight and as wide as two-lane highways. Chacoan civilization left no written texts, so these feats of architecture and engineering are a uniquely valuable inheritance from that vanished culture, considered sacred to this day by the Pueblo—the descendents of the Chacoans—and Navajo. GFC_Chaco_300x200

Now that priceless legacy is under threat.

Fossil fuel companies are moving in around Chaco Canyon, as risky new horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technology makes it increasingly possible to exploit shale deposits throughout the San Juan Basin. It’s bad enough that the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) already allows extraction in the region—but now it's moving toward approving hundreds of new permits for oil and gas companies to frack and drill millions of acres. The area threatened by fracking includes 35 Chaco Great Houses and a vast network of ancient roads. Tell the BLM: that’s an outrage. The BLM is currently revising its land use plan for the Chaco region. They could greatly strengthen protections for these invaluable cultural treasures—if enough of us speak up.

In the next few days, we have a valuable window: the BLM is taking public comments on environmental impact until next Wednesday, May 28. Rainforest Action Network is part of a coalition of groups—including the Solstice Project, Earthworks and CREDO Action—fighting to protect Chaco from fracking. Together, let’s tell the BLM that fracking in the Chaco Canyon region is one extraction project that the public won’t just rubber-stamp. The legacy of Chacoan civilization is a national and world treasure—Chaco Canyon is an official National Historical Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If we won’t protect the Chacoan inheritance, then nothing is sacred. Will you add your voice?

P.S. Our friends at the Solstice Project are working on a beautiful new PBS documentary about the archaeological riches of Chaco Canyon. In response to the fracking threat, they’ve released a four-minute excerpt of this work in progress. See just how important it is to protect Chaco here: Fracking Threatens Chaco's Sacred American Heritage (WOTL) from matt dibble on Vimeo.


#NOKXL: Thousands Across The U.S. Say “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop”

[caption id="attachment_22961" align="alignleft" width="290"]boston Boston, MA. Pic by Adam Greenberg.[/caption] We can’t stop. We won’t stop. Our Indigenous friends and allies in the U.S. and Canada have vowed to not let the “Keystone XL Black Snake” cross their sacred land. In Nebraska, 115 landowners refuse to sign agreements with TransCanada and are willing to engage in civil disobedience. Over 76,000 have pledged to put their bodies on the line in non-violent civil disobedience to stop the pipeline. Tonight, the fight against Keystone XL got very loud from coast to coast as thousands turned out in the towns, cities and neighborhoods to tell Barack Obama that we won’t be standing for his approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. 284 events. 49 states plus Washington D.C. and parts of Canada. Over 10,000 turned out. All with on 3 days of mass organizing and outreach. That is powerful stuff.  Obama and the oil industry can only expect more. Here’s some images from tonight’s vigils telling Obama a really clear simple message: NO KXL. [caption id="attachment_22962" align="alignnone" width="500"]Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville, FL[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_22963" align="alignnone" width="500"]New York City New York City[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_22964" align="alignnone" width="500"]Witchita, KS Witchita, KS[/caption]   Check out more vigil photos from across the country in the map below or click here to go straight to the photoset.

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Climate Activists Mobilize To Say Keystone XL Fails Obama’s Climate Test

NOKXL BostonGame on. Today, the State Dept. released its long awaited final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline. Unfortunately, the EIS fails to fully address how catastrophic Keystone XL is for the climate. This assessment is critical. In June President Obama said that he will not approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline if it “significantly exacerbates the problem of carbon pollution.” No matter what the EIS says, President Obama has the facts he needs to make his decision. Keystone XL will increase tar sands oil production, which generates at least three times more carbon pollution than conventional oil, it will poison communities from Alberta to the refineries of the Gulf Coast and is destroying part of Canada’s Boreal forest. In other words, the pipeline is the fuse to the largest carbon bomb in North America….and what are we going to do about it? On Monday (Feb. 3), we’ll start with hundreds of vigils to make sure President Obama cannot ignore the fact that Keystone XL fails his climate test. We need you to host a vigil or join one in your neighborhood. The decision to build the pipeline is up to the President and the President alone. Within 90 days he will release a National Interest Determination. We can influence that decision if we get out into the streets and make President Obama understand that if he truly wants to look into the eyes of his grandchildren and say he did what he could to make a safer world, he needs to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Already, over 76,000 people have signed the Keystone Pledge of Resistance. Already dozens have already taken action and risked arrest in Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago and Houston with the message to Obama: No Keystone XL! Over 100 actions are planned at strategic targets across the United States with a network of tens of thousands ready to take bold dignified acts of civil disobedience. The clock is now ticking and we need to do everything in our power to make Obama reject the pipeline. That can start this Monday with vigils across the country. We'll continue with the Keystone Pledge of Resistance and waves of non-violent civil disobedience leading up the Obama's final decision. But it won’t happen without you.

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