Protect Sensitive Basin from Toxic Drilling


Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Protect Nevada’s Basin and Range, a sensitive and biodiverse region, from mining and drilling.

President Obama has been busy as of late safeguarding western America’s beautiful landscapes. However, one such landmark needs to be protected and that is the Nevada Basin and Range, where oil and mineral companies are eyeing this landscape for profits. The basin is known for its picturesque landscape and watersheds. Companies shouldn’t be allowed into this location where they can tear it up for money. Tell President Obama to permanently protect this place so it won’t be harmed.

Not only is this basin crucial for Nevada’s watersheds, but it contains a great deal of history. Native Americans and American settlers trekked through this area. If companies wish to mine and drill for oil they would be wiping away an important part of American history. There are already numerous cultural sites being excavated by anthropologists, sites that could contain valuable history about the human race. If this isn’t cause for President Obama to protect the Basin and Range, then he should also pay attention to the environmental factors.

The White River Watershed rests in the Basin and Range, where excess water drains into Lake Mead. If oil and mineral companies were allowed to destroy this land, there is the possibility that our water would be contaminated. There is also concern that wildlife animals, such as the sage grouse, bald eagle, red tailed hawk, and pygmy rabbit, would be negatively affected by the drilling. While the Basin may not be verdant or bursting with greenery, there are animals who call this place home, and humans did as well.

Sign this petition and urge President Obama to protect Nevada’s Basin and Range from oil and mineral exploration.


Dear President Obama,

Lately, you’ve declared several sites in western America as national monuments and I would like to bring your attention to another site worth protecting. The Basin and Range in Nevada is home to a variety of animals that have adapted to live in this harsh and unforgiving landscape. While this location is barren, it offers spectacular views of the planet’s curvature and is home to several watersheds. Big oil and mineral companies are eyeing this location because of its potential for profits.

I would like to remind you that centuries of human history can be found in this place. The Native Americans called this place home and American settlers crossed this area in an attempt to find a new home. Watersheds that feed into Lake Mead exist here as well, and if companies were allowed to drill they would poison this landscape. As a concerned citizen I implore you to protect this area and declare it a national monument.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Amateria1121 via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Jane Morrow says:

    From what I have learned of American politics the situation would be far worse under a Republican regime. They want to take away the right of a President to lock up and protect special places. No wildlife or natural evironment would be safe.I get the impression Obama tries to do the right thing but the idiots in Congress try to prevent it – your health reforms come to mind. It’s time to leave mining and fossil fuel related industries behind and get serious about the greener alternatives – we only have one planet.

  2. Cat Jefferson says:

    At this time, in a drought crisis, every watershed, no matter how slight, MUST be protected.

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