Letter to the Editor: Welcome to New Mexico, Land of Enfrackment


“Welcome to New Mexico, Land of Enfrackment”—a reputation no state wants to have.

New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, is full of beauty; from the wildlife it has to the people that live in it. Despite this allurement, oil and gas companies are already fracking within New Mexico, and now they have their eyes set on fracking outside precious national parks like Chaco Canyon.

Chaco Canyon has historical and cultural meaning to many New Mexicans and has also been recognized by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site. Chaco Canyon not only brings people from surrounding states, but draws people from around the world to New Mexico.

While oil and gas companies aren’t going to frack within Chaco Canyon, they want to frack right outside the park’s border which impedes the beauty, essence, and culture Chaco Canyon carries.

I urge our state leaders to protect our special places. New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment, not the Land of Enfrackment.