No Drilling in the Valle Vidal! sign now


We, the undersigned concerned individuals, businesses and groups, urge you NOT to develop New Mexico's Valle Vidal for coalbed methane.

The Valle Vidal is a special place to New Mexicans, and people from all over the country, who come to marvel at the Valle's magnificent scenery, hike, backpack and horseback ride, and enjoy world-class hunting and fishing opportunities. The Valle Vidal serves as a vital resource to the ranching and agricultural communities of northern New Mexico. In addition, 3,000 Boy Scouts from adjacent Philmont Scout Ranch utilize the Valle Vidal as part of its High Adventure Program each year.

Coalbed methane (CBM) development is known to fragment habitat, displace local wildlife populations, and destroy the scenic beauty of the landscape. CBM drilling uses large volumes of water in the drilling process and contaminates ground and sub-surface water with known toxins and carcinogens. Such irresponsible use of our most precious natural resource is unacceptable.

The largest herd of elk in the state of New Mexico calls the alpine grasslands and lush conifer forests of the Valle Vidal home. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish manage the Valle Vidal elk herd so protectively, that it is the only place in the State with a "Once in a Lifetime" elk hunt. The area proposed for CBM development is the prime winter habitat for the Valle's prized elk herd.

The Valle Vidal was donated to the American People as a "Multiple Use Area" in 1982, to be managed primarily for its wildlife (elk) resource, as well as for its outstanding recreational opportunities and scenic value. CBM development in the Valle Vidal would constitute a "dominant use", destroying the area's value as a wildlife sanctuary, sporting and recreation paradise, and as a community resource.

Over 6 million acres in the surrounding Raton Basin are currently under development for coalbed methane production. 88\% of our public lands are currently open for energy development. The Valle Vidal is a 100,000 acre "postage stamp" by comparison, and should be set aside and protected for future generations to enjoy.

We urge you NOT to develop this National Treasure for coalbed methane. We also ask that you protect the Valle Vidal as a National Conservation Area (NCA), with provisions to ensure the areas long-term sustainability, and to honor the "Multiple Use" intent of the gift to the People of the United States of America.

FURTHER, New Mexico is abundant in clean and renewable energy sources. The total volume of natural gas in the Valle Vidal would represent such a small amount of energy for the country. We need to pursue the development of wind, solar and other alternative energy sources, in order to meet the growing energy needs of our nation.

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Latest Signatures

  • 11 December 2015150. Ben A
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No ? you had better not drill, or else...
  • 06 December 2015149. Robin W
    I support this petition
  • 06 December 2015148. Willa Arlenek
    I support this petition
  • 17 November 2015147. Matt P
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No ? The amount of pristine wilderness left in this country is sad, but the conquest to destroy what little we have left for monetary gain is criminal!
  • 13 November 2015146. Bill H
    I support this petition
  • 04 November 2015145. Lisa H
    I support this petition
  • 20 September 2015144. Stacie G
    I support this petition
  • 15 September 2015143. Tom C
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No ? Philmont 2000 and 2003
  • 21 July 2015142. Steve B
    I support this petition
  • 21 June 2015141. Christopher W
    I support this petition
  • 17 June 2015140. Larry M
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No ? please save what we got left.
  • 04 June 2015139. Sarah T
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No ? I hiked in part of the Valle Vidal with my Venture Crew, a branch of the Boy Scouts. Being from New England it was a place unlike anywhere I had ever been and I think it should
  • 03 June 2015138. Chris L
    I support this petition
  • 31 May 2015137. Tim P
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No ? Although I have never been to the Valle Vidal, I have been to Philmost and I love it. Please don't drill there.
  • 01 May 2015136. Jeff D
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No ? I have visited New Mexico and I think we should develop alternative energy like wind farms and solar power instead of polluting energy sources Also more public transit like a mo
  • 24 April 2015135. Edwin Et
    I support this petition
  • 29 March 2015134. Joseph V
    I support this petition
  • 23 February 2015133. Jillian Bs
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No ? I work at Philmont Scout Ranch and it is very much my home. The Valle Vidal is our pride and joy. To destroy it is destroying one of the most beautiful places in the world.
  • 26 January 2015132. Anne K
    I support this petition
  • 18 January 2015131. Radosaw R
    I support this petition
  • 20 December 2014130. Philip Es
    I support this petition
  • 01 December 2014129. Paul Gs
    I support this petition
  • 05 November 2014128. Samuel L
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No ? Give us full resolution mars satilite pictures, we paid for them.
  • 23 October 2014127. Stuart W
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No ? Test of Draft Petition
  • 14 October 2014126. Paula W
    I support this petition
  • 24 September 2014125. Robert F
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No ? water yes, methane no!
  • 23 September 2014124. Ted M
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No ? I have been on 3 Philmont treks and the beauty of the area still amazes me. Please do not ruin it for future generations of scouts.

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Governor Bill Richardson, Senator Pete Domenici, Senator Jeff Bingaman, Representative Tom Udall, and Carson National Forest Supervisor Martin Chavez:

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