House Natural Resources Committee who have taken thousands from Big Oil pushing to allow companies with a record of bad behavior to drill sacred sites

WASHINGTON, DC — Some of the fiercest critics of a plan to curb drilling near sacred indigenous lands in New Mexico have taken thousands from the oil and gas industry. Their corruption was on full display when a bill to overturn the Biden administration’s planned protections was debated in the House Natural Resources Committee today. 

The MAGA critics of this bill should check their concerns at the front door,” said Kyle Herrig, Senior Advisor to Accountable.US. “Their drive to drill these sacred indigenous lands is motivated by nothing but extreme greed and selfishness.”

Altogether, the majority members of the committee have taken nearly $4 million from the oil and gas industry. They are rewarding that support by opening the door to more drilling near a UNESCO World Heritage site in an area where companies have repeatedly violated air and water quality standards:

  • Enduring Resources caused a 59,000 gallon spill Near Chaco Culture National Historical Park, followed just days letter by an explosion at a nearby wellsite
  • DJR Energy is responsible for 161 oil and gas incidents in New Mexico since 2017, including 22 on Native land
  • Hilcorp was fined over $1.62 million for failing to report spills or fix problems at facilities throughout the San Juan Basin. 

These same companies have repeatedly pursued projects without consulting with or in direct opposition of Native American tribes. These include: 

  • Hilcorp tried to double its well density in the San Juan Basin without consulting impacted Native American tribes
  • DJR Resources is suing to allow fracking near archeological and cultural sites in the Mancos Shale
  • EOG Resources failed to consult any of the 17 tribes with historical presences in the Powder River Basin for their Sand Creek oil and gas project. 


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