The Bureau of Land Management is in the process of amending a plan that will determine what this area will look like in the future. There are now some 16,000 active wells in the area crisscrossed by some 15,000 miles.
"With the advent of fracking and horizontal drilling, oil and gas is poised to encroach further on Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The BLM is at work on a resource plan amendment that is exploring various alternative strategies for managing the land. Many environmental organizations are trying to get out in front on the issue."
From Chaco Canyon to Chimney Rock: A Landscape Worth Protecting
From National Trust for Historic Preservation "Join us on an animated visit to the Chaco world, which spanned the Four Corners area of Colorado, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico and was inhabited by ancestral puebloan people from about 850-1250. You'll have an aerial perspective on the breadth of Chaco sites, their connectivity on the landscape and threats that they face in the wake of energy development in the San Juan Basin."