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Letter to the Editor: Keep New Mexico's Special Places Free From Fracking

on September 6, 2013 - 8:05am
By SANDERS MOORE
Environment New Mexico

In a speech marking the 50th anniversary of the historic march on Washington, President Obama said “Change does not come from Washington, but to Washington.”

We agree. Last week Americans submitted more than one million comments urging President Obama to protect our national forests, parks, and the drinking water they provide from dirty gas drilling.

Fracking – a dirty and dangerous method of drilling for oil and gas – has wrought widespread environmental damage across the country, including in New Mexico, turning treasured landscapes into industrial zones and contaminating drinking water sources.

Now, the oil and gas industry is pushing to expose the best of our natural heritage to fracking, including Otero Mesa and outside Chaco Canyon National Historic Park.

We are looking to President Obama to recognize the change knocking on Washington’s door. We, along with a growing number of Americans, urge President Obama to protect our forests, our parks, and the drinking water sources for thousands of New Mexicans rom this dirty drilling.


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