River Healers

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The River Healers are a anonymous water rights organization that use the autonomy of art as a place to organize tactical campaigns and protect water sources. The Healers provide regionalist information about water threats and conduct community based research, image sourcing, open source mapping, citizen science, watchdogging, and protest to defend water security. The River Healers have exhibited and published work internationally, but originated from a regional necessity to obtain and produce transparent coal ash waste information that was found to be poisoning residential well water.

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Image List (Image 1) New Mexico Fracking Spills Map: New Mexico state overview with all 8,329 oil and gas spills and fires, and rivers visible (Image 2) New Mexico Fracking Spills Map: Greater Chaco area visible with spills, fires, explosions, rivers, and streams (Image 3) New Mexico Fracking Spills Map: Greater Chaco area visible with spills, fires, explosions, and federal, tribal, and private lands (Image 4) Drone Site 1: San Juan County, Nageezi, NM -6 wells at this location and a dense assembly of crude tanks that hold fracked crude oil until pick up. -The fracking pad is within 220 feet of the nearest house and sits on the Kimbeto Wash, a tributary of the Chaco River. -This WPX fracking site caught fire on July 11th, 2016. 10 tanks caught fire and were allowed to burn out until July 14th. The fire and contaminates spread to areas north and south of the pad, burning Juniper trees within 200 feet of residential buildings. Red points mark incinerated Juniper trees. This fire is not the only documented case in the Nageezi area where communities were disrupted and evacuated in the middle of the night. -WPX reported that No Groundwater Impact or Waterway was Affected and marked the incident as not an emergency (Image 5) Drone Site 2: San Juan County, Nageezi, NM -Cyclone #32 is a 1500 HP 775 Ton Drill Rig manufactured in Wyoming and is seen and heard moving from pad to pad along the Kimbeto Wash (Image 6) Drone Site 3: San Juan County, Nageezi, NM -The pad is active with a Drill Rig, Crude Tanks, and Compressors and sits on the Kimbeto Wash a tributary of the Chaco River (Image 7) Drone Site 4: Rio Arriba County, Counselor, NM -The five well heads at this site are only 1600 ft from the Lybrook elementary school -It also sits on a wash that feeds the Canada Larga (Image 8) Drone Site 5: Sandoval County, Counselor, NM -The watershed is a part of the Chco is Wash -The Fracking pad is within 840 ft of the nearest home -The fracking sites well and crude oil tanks are within 110 feet of the community water supply and more houses can be seen marked in yellow -Horses were seen grazing the grass of the fracking pad -WPX crude trucks heavily traffic community dirt roads (Image 9) Drone Site 6: San Juan County, Nageezi, NM -Waste water pits were seen on the edge of the fracking pad near the 3 well heads and compressors. -The site is has a flare tower and crude Tanks -Drainages are marked with yellow that lead from the fracking pad to the wastewater pit and then into the Upper Kimbetto -This WPX operated site has reported a spill in the past. 600 gallons of crude oil spilled because of a fire in june of 2016 WPX reported that No Groundwater Impact or Waterway was Affected and marked the incident as not an emergency -the upper Kimbetto Wash will eventually join the Chaco River (Image 10) Water Terrorism Task Force

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At SFAI

New Mexico Oil and Gas Spills Map (Image 1) NM Fracking Spills Map: overview of state with all 8,329 spills and fires, and rivers visible (Image 2) NM Fracking Spills Map: greater Chaco area visible with spills, fires, explosions, rivers, and streams (Image 3) NM Fracking Spills Map: Greater Chaco area visible with spills, fires, explosions, and federal, tribal, and private lands. While in New Mexico the River Healers put together a New Mexico State Fracking Spills Map. The map geo locates every oil and gas spill that has been reported to the New Mexico Oil And gas Conservation Department since 2011. The map was designed to be resource for citizen engagement and a way to transparently display NMOCD data that is buried in hard to understand bureaucratic excel spreadsheets. Layers can be turned on to see whether a spill or fire occurred near you and to determine which river or stream bed was most impacted. What we learned from the mapping the data is that between 2011-2016 New Mexico has had over 8,000 oil and gas spills. This number is thousands more than reported by the US Environmental Protection Agency. In 2016 alone 1,310 spills were reported to the state. The River Healers are now looking at the map data more closely to determine which fracking wells have had reoccurring spills, which operators are most responsible for these spills, and where watchdog citizens can focus their time monitoring for poor practices and water violations. The amount of oil and gas spills that continue to occur in New Mexico exposes a negligent industry that is clearly compromising water security. The number of spills continuing to happen under loose regulations and comparatively low fines is ample reason for the state to suspend all future lease negotiations, and drilling permits, especially in culturally sacred areas like Chaco Canyon. Drone Surveillance of Greater Chaco Fracking Sites The River Healers worked with members and community organizers of the Counselor Chapter to document fracking sites in the Greater Chaco Area. These sites were at various points of establishment. Some wells just being established while others had already been reported to have caused explosions, fires, and spills threatening nearby communities and regional waterways and water security. (Image 4) Site 1: Is located in San Juan County Nageezi, NM -6 wells at this location and a dense assembly of crude tanks that hold fracked crude oil until pick up. -The fracking pad is within 220 feet of the nearest house and sits on the Kimbeto Wash, a tributary of the Chaco River. -This WPX fracking site caught fire on July 11th, 2016. 10 tanks caught fire and were allowed to burn out until July 14th. The fire and contaminates spread to areas north and south of the pad, burning Juniper trees within 200 feet of residential buildings. Red points mark incinerated Juniper trees. This fire is not the only documented case in the Nageezi area where communities were disrupted and evacuated in the middle of the night. -WPX reported that No Groundwater Impact or Waterway was Affected and marked the incident as not an emergency (Image 5) Site 2: Is located in San Juan County Nageezi, NM -Cyclone #32 is a 1500 HP 775 Ton Drill Rig manufactured in Wyoming and is seen and heard moving from pad to pad along the Kimbeto Wash (Image 6)Site 3: Is located in San Juan County Nageezi, NM -The pad is active with a Drill Rig, Crude Tanks, and Compressors and sits on the Kimbeto Wash a tributary of the Chaco River (Image 7) Site 4: Is in Rio Arriba County Counselor, NM, -The five well heads at this site are only 1600 ft from the Lybrook elementary school -It also sits on a wash that feeds the Canada Larga (Image 8) Site 5: Is in Sandoval County Counselor, NM, -The watershed is a part of the Chco is Wash -The Fracking pad is within 840 ft of the nearest home -The fracking sites well and crude oil tanks are within 110 feet of the community water supply and more houses can be seen marked in yellow -Horses were seen grazing the grass of the fracking pad -And WPX crude trucks heavily traffic community dirt roads (Image 9) Site 6: Is in the San Juan County Nageezi, NM -Waste water pits were seen on the edge of the fracking pad near the 3 well heads and compressors. -The site is has a flare tower and crude Tanks -Drainages are marked with yellow that lead from the fracking pad to the wastewater pit and then into the Upper Kimbetto -This WPX operated site has reported a spill in the past. 600 gallons of crude oil spilled because of a fire in june of 2016 WPX reported that No Groundwater Impact or Waterway was Affected and marked the incident as not an emergency -the upper Kimbetto Wash will eventually join the Chaco River Water Terrorism Task Force (Image 10) Our time at SFAI was also spent further developing the Water Terrorism Task Force. The WTTF was spearheaded by the River Healers to act as a counter terrorism effort to JTTF, the Joint Terrorism Task Force working under the FBI. We are a partnership of water protectors, individuals, and organizations that are charged with taking action against water terrorism, which includes the investigation of water exploitation,intimidation tactics, and corporate propaganda to threaten community water sources. ​ The WTTF and River Healers use the structure of the FBI terrorist list but identify ceos, government officials, and lawyers who exercise domestic terrorism through corporate sponsored dispossession of community, state, tribal, and national water security. ​ By targeting water terrorists we hope to coordinate transparent avenues for individuals, communities, businesses, and governments to rise in a respectful, accountable, and true water democracy. If you would like to contribute to a name to the water terrorism registry. Anonymous submissions can be made through our website at http://www.riverhealers.us/wttf

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