ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. House passed legislation Wednesday that would prevent the use of federal land for oil and gas development within a 10-mile radius of Chaco Canyon National Historical Park.
“We’re very proud of this piece of legislation,” U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., told the Journal. “It has the support of the governor (Michelle Lujan Grisham), the pueblos, the Navajo leadership and advocates of the environment.”
U.S. Reps. Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, both Democrats, also supported the bill, known as the Chaco Culture Heritage Protection Act. It passed 245-174 and now moves on to the Senate.