Trying for Chaco again

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The original bill that was introduced in the U.S. House in 2019 to protect land around Chaco Canyon National Historical Park passed in the U.S. House, but never got a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate. New Mexico’s senators will give it another shot, and say that they are going to try to get it passed in the Senate again. The bill being reintroduced would not only force some oil and gas leases to end, but also would prevent new leases permanently, rather than just for the next 20 years. If passed, the bill would create a 10-mile zone free of new oil and gas wells around Chaco Canyon.