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Endangered Vista Near Chaco Canyon


Buttes near Chaco Canyon
Whitehorse, New Mexico — November 2009
Leica D-LUX 4 + 24-60mm

If you have any interest at all in the incomparable vistas of the American West, there are some real beauties near Chaco Canyon in New Mexico.

Fracking locations near Chaco Canyon
April 2018
Image credit: Sierra Club

Sweeping… vast… open… empty…

For all who crave the big skies and vast emptiness that the West can offer — this region offers flat-out stupendous panoramas that appear to be utterly devoid of human activity.

But I don’t know how long they will remain that way, as the current administration seems hell-bent on destroying the Federal protections to the region and handing everything over to oil and gas firms.  Don’t believe me?  Check out the following map of all the fracking operations that have already begun to encroach most of the northern and eastern sides of Chaco Canyon.

When we last visited Chaco Canyon nearly a decade ago, there were a few solitary oil rigs visibly dotting the landscape every now and then while we drove for hours through the area… but nothing like the density of the fracking operations that exist now.

Some articles to read for further details can be found here and here.

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