Greater Chaco Region Oil & Gas Development

The greater Chaco region covers a good portion of the San Juan Basin, which has historically been one of the biggest natural gas fields in the nation. More recently horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing — a.k.a. fracking — has come to the region, further threatening the natural and cultural resources and the people who live there.

The following are images made by Jonathan P. Thompson over the past decade or so. All are available for reprint with permission. Please contact for information and rates.