April 12, 2019

Congressional Delegation to Visit New Mexico Sacred Sites, Conduct Hearing on Air Quality

Santa Fe, N.M. – The House Natural Resources Committee will be conducting an April 13-April 15 field hearing in New Mexico to visit sacred sites, including Chaco Culture National Historic Park, and meet with environmental advocates, experts, and local leaders to discuss the impacts of oil and gas development on sacred sites and air quality. This field hearing came at the request of Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, as he fights to   protect public and sacred lands.

“New Mexico has some of the most beautiful public lands in the country, and, alongside Rep. Deb Haaland, I  am excited to introduce my colleagues to the Land of Enchantment through these important field hearings and conversations. When we work together to protect our public and sacred lands, we are also working to protect our culture and communities as New Mexicans. With the leadership of this committee and local stakeholders, I am confident that we will find solutions that work for us all.”  

Members of House Natural Resources Committee & Democratic Leadership attending:

  1. Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.)
  2. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.)
  3. Committee Vice Chair Deb Haaland (D-N.M.)
  4. Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chair Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.)

Public Schedule (all times local, MT)

Saturday, April 13

6 p.m.

Environmental Justice Roundtable

Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe

This event is closed press, but the Members of Congress will take questions from members of the press at approximately 6 p.m. at Hotel Santa Fe.

Sunday, April 14

2 p.m.

Tour of Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Nageezi, N.M.

This event is open to press. This includes a walking tour of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Hiking and/or sturdy walking shoes are strongly encouraged.

Monday, April 15

10 a.m.

Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Field Hearing - Oil and Gas Development: Impacts on Air Pollution and Sacred Sites

New Mexico State Capitol, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Room 307

This hearing is open to press. Gov. Michelle Luján Grisham will be among the witnesses testifying.

Press Contact

Lauren French (202) 225-6190