As public comment closes for a controversial plan to drill lands near sacred indigenous sites in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, non-partisan government watchdog Accountable.US is drawing attention to the histories of violations by oil and gas companies operating in the area.  

It would be naive to think these companies can be trusted to responsibly develop these lands given their troubling record of violations. The Biden Administration must move forward with the proposed buffer in order to protect indigenous communities, the environment, and all American taxpayers.”

Jordan Schreiber, Director of Energy and Environment


  • In its earnings data, Hormel Foods — which planned on hiking prices not once, but twice, in 2021 — touted “its fifth consecutive quarter of record net sales” and $132 million in first quarter shareholder dividends. The company is doing so well that it completed a $3.35 billion acquisition of Kraft Heinz’s Planters peanuts — the largest acquisition in the company’s history. CEO Jim Snee even admitted that this acquisition was a “catalyst for earnings growth.”  
  • After Mondelez — whose brands include Oreo, Ritz, Wheat Thins, and Triscuits — saw its gross profit increase by over $800 million in 2021, the company still increased prices by up to 7% in January 2022 and is leaving the door open to raising them again despite spending nearly $4 billion on stock buybacks and dividends in 2021.  
  • In December 2021, Kroger’s Chairman and CEO said the company was “in a position of strength as the grocery chain reported a third quarter operating profit of $868 million and spent $297 million on quarterly stock buybacks just months after it said it was “‘passing along higher cost to the customer.'”

Accountable.US has documented that Enduring Resources, Hilcorp, EOG Resources, and DJR Energy have been responsible for myriad spills and incidents around Chaco Canyon, polluting nearby air and waters:

  • Enduring Resources caused a 59,000 gallon spill in 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
  • EOG Resources caused nearly 3,000 flaring instances in New Mexico in just two years
  • 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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