October 11, 2016

Christmas Trees on the Horizon

By Rachel Zollinger
Four Corners

September 20,

Day with fractivist Daniel Tso on a tour around the checkerboard area along Hwy 550. He shows us maps, contracts, pumps, wells, drill sites, tanks, pipelines. We come across a young couple and their son returning to their home to collect their belongings after the nearby wells exploded in June and they were forced to evacuate. Daniel points out the “haves” and “have-nots” properties; he tells us stories of this fractured community. We end at a newly drilled well with the burn off fire blazing in the late afternoon light. To the southwest, Fajada Butte stands guard over Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

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