25 Aug Action Alert! North Fork Valley Threatened By New Rule
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is carving out sacrifice zones in a newly proposed rule that targets public lands designated “high development potential for oil and gas” for new oil and gas leasing. Those designated lands include the upper North Fork Valley and Grand Mesa National Forest in Delta County. The proposed rule currently has no explicit denial criteria for leasing in areas of “high development potential” or “in proximity to existing oil and gas infrastructure,” encouraging oil and gas companies to target and industrialize our region with large-scale fossil fuel development.
Not one single acre of public lands in the North Fork Valley has been leased to oil and gas development since 2013.
We need to keep it that way!
No more sacrifice zones for oil and gas extraction. The North Fork Valley is a climate hotspot on the frontlines of disproportionate local warming that will be adversely impacted by intensified fossil fuel development.
New oil and gas leasing in upper Delta County and the North Fork Valley will severely impact water resources, wildlife habitat, agriculture, and a fragile ecosystem we all rely on.
Amend the proposed rule to include leasing denial criteria based on 1.5° C (3° F) or more of local warming and critical environmental factors, including important fish and wildlife habitats, connectivity areas, headwaters and watersheds, rare ecosystems, lands with wilderness characteristics, or a designated geologic hazard area.
Submit your written comments no later than September 22
Comments may be submitted in the following ways:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov. In the Search-box, enter ‘‘RIN 1004–AE80’’ and click the ‘‘Search’’ button.
Mail to: U.S. Department of the Interior, Director (630), Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C St. NW, Room 5646, Washington, DC 20240, Attention: 1004–AE80.