25 Nov Action Alert! Clean Air, Water, and Soils Do Not Know County Boundaries
In a just released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, BLM proposed to completely cancel 18 and partially cancel 7 of the 65 illegally issued leases on the White River National Forest. If adopted, BLM’s proposal will protect tens of thousands of acres in the Thompson Divide from development and ensure that pristine roadless lands aren’t bulldozed for new oil and gas development.
This BLM process was initiated after years of advocacy by citizens, Wilderness Workshop, Thompson Divide Coalition, Earthjustice and Pitkin County. This DEIS is BLM’s attempt to resolve the fact that they issued the 65 leases illegally. The leases were sold with no environmental analysis by BLM, no roadless protections, and no consultation with experts at the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Local communities cherish the lands in question; they include large portions of the Thompson Divide and swaths of inventoried roadless areas. Lands at risk contain some of the best and last undisturbed swaths of aspen forest in the state and provide important habitat for wildlife, unparalleled backcountry recreation, and clean water to people in local communities and throughout the Colorado River Basin.
We know that the fossil fuel industry will try to use its lobbying muscle to prevent BLM from finalizing this proposal, so your voice is needed. Please take a moment now and send BLM a message urging them to cancel the illegal leases and to protect the Thompson Divide and nearby roadless areas on the White River National Forest.
Convincing the BLM to do the right thing will require everyone to help out. Please invite your friends, family, and anyone else who loves these public lands to join you and comment as well.
Let’s support our neighbors across McClure Pass. Thank you for adding your voice to this important campaign,
P.S. We’ve also just heard that BLM will be holding three public meetings to receive comment on their proposal to cancel leases in the Thompson Divide. They’re scheduled for December 14th in Glenwood Springs, 15th in DeBeque, & 16th in Carbondale. Save the Date!