Target: Daniel M. Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Protect national wildlife refuges from oil and gas exploitation
The national wildlife refuges across the United States are unprotected against oil spills and contamination from natural gas drilling. These precious places have seen too many toxic chemicals, piles of trash and oil spills and need to be safeguarded. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), which regulates these areas, has recently proposed a set of new laws to protect the US refuges. We need to show them how important this issue is and that it is worth fighting for. Tell USFWS to create regulations to protect the national wildlife refuges.
While the USFWS does not currently have laws in place, the National Park Service, a smaller organization, has had a set of laws in place for over 30 years. These laws focus on spill prevention and response, disposal of waste, and reduction of surface impact. They also plan to update these regulations to promote directional drilling, increase operating standards, and raise fees and penalties. The USFWS has more than 200 national wildlife refuges that already have oil and gas infrastructures in place, plus 103 refuges and 4 wetland management areas that have functional oil and gas wells; it is crucial that the USFWS create and implement similar laws as the National Parks Service. The destruction of habitat and toxic spills that have already occurred must become a thing of the past.
It is not enough to set aside land and call it a refuge when that land is being exploited and degraded by oil and gas mining. A refuge is a place of safety from the pollution and development of the industrial world. The national wildlife refuges must be, in name and in practice, sanctuaries for the wildlife that call them home. Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to go through with its proposal; there must be regulations for the protection of the ecosystems of the national wildlife refuges.
Dear Director Ashe,
The national wildlife refuges that have seen toxic spills, destruction of habitats, and exploitation of the land need protection. As the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, you have the power to support and push the creation of new rules and regulations. The proposed laws that will regulate oil and gas development are a step in the right direction. You have my strong support to push these laws into action.
There are too many national wildlife refuges and wetland areas that have experienced degradation as a result of the current oil and gas mining. With more than 200 refuges with oil and gas infrastructures and 103 refuges plus 4 wetlands with active oil and gas wells, it is crucial to put regulations in place as soon as possible. Habitat destruction as a result of these endeavors has a much more significant cost than just the monetary expenses that have resulted. It is not enough to set aside land and call it a refuge. A refuge is a place of safety from the pollution and development of the industrial world. The national wildlife refuges must be, in name and in practice, sanctuaries for the wildlife that call them home. The regulations you have planned can contribute to the protection of countless species and maintain precious parts of the United States for generations to come. Make your proposed regulations a reality.
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