Protect Cumberland Forest

Target: University of Tennessee Board of Trustees.

Goal: To stop the University of Tennessee from leasing oil/gas drilling rights in the Cumberland Forest.

On the 28th of February, 2013, there will be a meeting held by the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees. During this meeting the board is scheduled to vote on a lease of 8,600 acres of public land in the Cumberland Forest to energy companies seeking to drill for natural gas and oil. Especially concerning in this regard is that Tennessee remains extremely lax in its regulations regarding hydraulic fracturing. This process, by which natural gas and oil can be extracted, has been proven to be far more destructive than any other presently accepted forms of oil and natural gas extraction.

If this land is leased to fossil fuel companies, the environmental destruction could prove extremely harmful to wildlife and human health alike. The purported arrangement, which states the intent of this lease as acting to facilitate research between the UT Forest AgResearch & Education Center and oil/gas companies, shows disturbingly similar verbiage to what was used in an agreement entered by the University of Texas. That agreement resulted in little real benefit but instead discredited research, led to faculty resignations, and more. If the intent truly is legitimate cooperative research, then drilling would not be necessary. This is a shameless grab for resources that will profit corporations at the expense of Cumberland Forest’s ecology.

This lease for oil and gas drilling rights must not be approved. It is of no benefit to the school or local population. The only ones who can benefit from this lease are natural resource corporations looking to exploit the region. Stop this before it results in irreparable harm to the Cumberland Forest.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear University of Tennessee Board of Trustees,

The Cumberland Forest is a precious ecological resource, whose protection should come first and foremost. The commitment to protecting Cumberland Forest must be questioned however given the looming decision about to be made. This decision, stemming from a meeting to be held on the 28th of February, 2013, has the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees scheduled to vote on a lease of 8,600 acres of public land in the Cumberland Forest to energy companies seeking to drill for natural gas and oil. This is deeply worrisome considering that Tennessee remains extremely lax in its regulations regarding hydraulic fracturing. This process, by which natural gas and oil can be extracted, has been proven to be far more destructive than any other presently accepted forms of oil and natural gas extraction.

Because there is a potential for hydraulic fracturing to be used if this land is leased to fossil fuel companies, the environmental destruction would prove extremely harmful to wildlife and human health alike. The arrangement which, as described, states the intent to facilitate research between the UT Forest AgResearch & Education Center and oil/gas companies, shares disturbingly similar verbiage to an agreement entered by the University of Texas. That agreement resulted in no tangible benefit but rather discredited research, led faculty resignations, and did more harm then good. If the intent truly is legitimate cooperative research, then drilling would not be necessary. This shameless grab for resources will only serve to profit corporations at the expense of Cumberland Forest’s ecology.

There is no manner in which this lease can be approved in good conscience. Please vote against leasing the Cumberland Forest to oil and gas drilling before irreparable harm can be done.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Sign the Petition

  • Your email will not be published. By signing you accept the ForceChange terms of service and may receive updates on this and related petitions.

Facebook Comments

comments

2 Comments

  1. signed. If we want to breathe we need to protect our forests. Our polluted planet needs trees.

  2. Signed! Men, women, and children, and all the creation need clean drinking water, clean air, and clean earth — so that means No Fracking.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

Signatures

  • jeff hopkins
  • Daniele Dolleans
  • Helene Beck
  • Andrea Fleming
  • Thomasin Kellermann
  • Deborah
  • sweyong koh
  • sweyong koh
1 of 94123...94