This is a huge win for our lands and communities in the
Greater Chaco region, and it wouldn’t have happened without your help.
Late last week we learned the proposed Piñon oil pipeline
has been scrapped.
This 130 mile long oil pipeline would have left a giant scar
across the Greater Chaco landscape of northwestern New Mexico. All told, it
would have opened the door for more than 500 new fracking wells and untold
destruction to the region.
For many of our friends and allies on the Navajo Nation, the
Piñon oil pipeline would have been a disaster.
Thankfully, this misguided oil pipeline is dead. And in its
place is new hope for protection of the Greater Chaco region and a transition
away from fossil fuels to more prosperous and sustainable communities.
It’s a testament to the power and effectiveness of our movement.
When the Piñon pipeline was proposed in 2014, we helped foment a groundswell of
opposition. Thousands weighed in, including hundreds of Navajo residents in the
area and even actor Robert Redford.
It was no wonder. The pipeline would have come within feet
of thousand year-old Puebloan ruins in the Chaco region and tear apart
present-day Navajo lands. It would have emboldened the fossil fuel industry to
continue destroying our climate, fouling our clean air, and contaminating our
The message we delivered was loud and clear: it’s time to
protect Chaco, keep our fossil fuels in the ground, and deny dirty energy
Clearly, our message was heard.
Let’s relish this victory and let it inspire us to be
stronger than ever.
As President-elect Trump continues to fill his cabinet with
fossil fuel industry cronies, our challenge will be immense. It’s clear that
Indigenous communities and fundamental American values, like clean air and
water, will take a backseat to the profits of oil and gas companies.
With the defeat of the Piñon pipeline, we know we can win. And
with your support, we will.
For the wild,
Climate and Energy Director
P.S. We've thwarted the Piñon pipeline, but now we need to rein in fracking throughout the Greater Chaco region. If you haven't already, weigh in today and tell the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to stand up to the oil and gas industry and defend Chaco, communities, and the climate.
P.P.S. Read the news of the withdrawal of the proposed Piñon pipeline.