Saturday, October 7, 2017

Our wildest places are threatened

Right now, our last remaining wild places are under tremendous threat from pressures for oil, gas and mineral extraction. 
Short-lived commercial gain is scarring landscapes, putting wildlife species at risk, and toxifying our air and water.
When is enough, enough?
We can’t let this happen. Energy companies have their eyes on many of our mineral-rich landscapes—but they already control leases to 27 million acres of public land. In fact, A staggering 90 percent of our public lands and minerals managed by the Bureau of Land Management are open to oil and gas leasing. The oil and gas industry uses policy loopholes to avoid paying royalties and squat on large tracts of land. As of 2015, the industry was hoarding 19.3 million acres without paying. But they want even more…
Here’s what we could soon lose to drilling, mining and pipeline construction
  • Parts of the Appalachian Trail - Virginia
  • Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - Alaska
  • Badger-Two Medicine - Montana
  • Bears Ears National Monument - Utah
  • Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness - Minnesota
  • Chihuahuan Desert Rivers - New Mexico
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument - Utah
  • Greater Grand Canyon Watershed - Arizona
  • Green River Valley - Washington
  • Mojave Trails National Monument - California
  • North Fork of the Gunnison - Colorado
  • Northern Red Desert - Wyoming
  • Owyhee Desert Sagebrush - Nevada
  • Paradise Valley - Montana
  • Wayne National Forest - Ohio


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