H. Rept. 116-224 1 (2019-10-04)

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                   116TH CONGRESS                                     REPORT
                      1st Session   HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES          116-224





                   CHACO CULTURAL HERITAGE AREA PROTECTION ACT OF
                                                2019


                    OCTOBER 4, 2019.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State
                                    of the Union and ordered to be printed


                       Mr. GRIJALVA, from the Committee on Natural Resources,
                                       submitted the following

                                          REPORT

                                            together with

                                        DISSENTING VIEWS

                                        [To accompany H.R. 2181]
                            [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
                     The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred the
                   bill (H.R. 2181) to provide for the withdrawal and protection of cer-
                   tain Federal land in the State of New Mexico, having considered
                   the same, report favorably thereon without amendment and rec-
                   ommend that the bill do pass.
                                        PURPOSE OF THE BILL
                     The purpose of H.R. 2181 is to provide for the withdrawal and
                   protection of certain Federal land in the state of New Mexico.
                               BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION
                     The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees more than 247
                   million acres of U.S. land and 700 million acres of subsurface min-
                   eral estate and is the primary federal agency responsible for man-
                   aging oil and gas resources on public land. Over the last decade,
                   oil and gas production in New Mexico has increased dramatically
                   as a result of hydraulic fracturing and the presence of abundant re-
                   sources. New Mexico is 35 percent public land, and oil and gas pro-
                   duction in New Mexico is disproportionately produced on these
                   public lands-in 2017, 57 percent of New Mexico's oil and 65 per-
                   cent of New Mexico's gas was produced from the federal mineral
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