BLM Opens Door To Fracking In Northern Arizona

The lands straddle the Little Colorado River, are at least three miles South of the Petrified Forest National Park,

A new President Trump administration plan proposes to auction off 4,200 acres of public land for oil and gas development in northern Arizona. The Bureau of Land Management is planning a September auction of the land— which would convey development rights to fossil-fuel companies.

According to BLM, about 90 percent of new oil and gas wells on public lands are fracked.

BLM records show that since 2014 the fracking industry requested 145 parcels in northern Arizona for oil and gas leasing, most near the Hurricane Cliffs and Big Valley north of Grand Canyon National Park.

A recent study by researchers at the University of Cincinnati of drinking water in Appalachian Ohio found no evidence of natural gas contamination from recent oil and gas fracking.