Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, et al. v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management, et al.
In March 2015, we challenged the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) after it issued new permits to drill and frack in the Greater Chaco region of northwest New Mexico. The lands that surround the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a United Nations World Heritage Site, are home to cultural treasures and ancient ceremonial roads. Native communities use this area for traditional and spiritual practices and regard the entire ancestral landscape as culturally significant. We alleged that the BLM violated the National Environmental Policy Act in its failure to consider the impacts of horizontal drilling and fracking on the environment prior to issuing drilling permits. We also alleged that the BLM violated the National Historic Preservation Act by failing to consult with Native American tribes prior to approving fracking. We have asked the U.S. District Court of New Mexico to stop the BLM from approving any drilling permits until the agency complies with the law.