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Fracking Threatens Chaco Canyon

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Published on Aug 17, 2016

This video was made in response to the Bureau of Land Management’s announcement to facilitate the leasing of 6.2 million acres of the Chaco region of New Mexico to oil companies for fracking and horizontal drilling, Chaco is a uniquely integrated landscape of built environments. It was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and is considered one of the most important ancient sites of the Americas. The BLM-designated leasing area contains 35 ceremonial “Great Houses” and many fragile ancient earthworks known as “roads.” These constructions are quite subtle, have not been fully researched, and we fear that they could easily be destroyed before they are documented or understood. chacomysterycontinues.com/

In the video which is narrated by Peter Coyote, the descendant Pueblo people and Navajo people speak of the spiritual significance of the "roads" that connect the Great Houses with places of power in the landscape. John Roney, whose great knowledge of "roads" gained from decades of study, sensitively informs our efforts to protect these remote and fragile features. Adriel Heisey's aerial cinematography reveals ancient roads and sites in stunning imagery. And using state-of-the-art remote sensing technology, Rich Friedman helps us visualize the thousand-year-old Chacoan constructions.

FRACKING THREATENS CHACO: A SACRED AMERICAN HERITAGE
Narrator
Peter Coyote

Producer
Anna Sofaer
The Solstice Project

Directors
Anna Sofaer & Matt Dibble

Writer & Editor
Matt Dibble

Aerial Cinematography
Adriel Heisey

Cinematography
Matt Dibble
Gary Mercer
Jonathan Sims
William Stone
Mike Nelson

Location Audio
James Becker
Michael Stearns

Graphics & Animation
Matt Dibble
Rich Friedman

Sound Mix
Larry Dolton

Special thanks
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM


For more information:
New Oil Boom Coming to the San Juan Basin
BLM "Public Scoping Phase".
Farmington BLM Planning Process

The Solstice Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to research, education, and protection of Chaco culture. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support our ongoing work.

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