New Mexico Indian Affairs Department statement on the extension of the Resource Management Plan Amendment public comment period
State of New Mexico - Indian Affairs Department
The Indian Affairs Department commends U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Bernhardt’s decision to extend the comment period for the Farmington Mancos-Gallup Draft Resource Management Plan, which covers the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
Securing protection for our cultural resources and New Mexico’s clean air from oil and gas extraction is a priority. Obstacles posed by the ongoing crisis prevented a meaningful opportunity for tribes and the public to engage in the comment period.
“I am glad that Secretary Bernhardt was receptive to state and tribal leaders' concerns, including mine, about prematurely closing the comment period for the proposed plan to relax critical protections around Chaco Culture National Historical Park," said Governor Lujan Grisham. "It is in the best interest of the public and New Mexico's Indigenous communities that the timeframe be extended while New Mexico and the nation continues to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic."
The 90-day public comment period was set to end May 28, 2020, but after a meeting with tribal and federal leaders, Secretary Bernhardt announced that he would give a 120-day extension.
Directions to submit comments online, via email or mailed to the Bureau of Land Management-Farmington office, can be found here.