Target: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
Goal: Don’t allow oil drilling in some of America’s most precious wild places.
Oil and gas companies consider all of America’s lands to be free game when it comes to drilling. Even some the nation’s most iconic places are at risk, such as the Arches of Utah, George Washington National Forest, Red Desert in Wyoming. These lands are treasured by many and should be protected for future generations, not sullied by the greed of oil companies. Yet, these areas and many others could be opened to drilling at any time.
Greedy companies will stop at nothing to gain access to national forests, parks, monuments, and the areas around them. According to polls, 76 percent of Americans favor protecting these lands from drilling. Yet shockingly, the Obama administration has thus far leased more land to oil and gas drilling than it has protected. Choosing drilling over conservation is a shortsighted decision that chooses temporary profits over a continued future of natural beauty, recreation, and tourism.
Special places may seem inherently protected by their national park or monument status but, sadly, many of these public lands remain open to the possibility of drilling unless they are specifically designated as “wilderness” under the National Wilderness Preservation System. Urge the Department of the Interior to protect America’s most iconic wild places and give them all wilderness designation.
Dear Secretary Jewell,
Some of America’s most iconic, wild lands are consistently being threatened by oil and gas companies. These greedy companies will stop at nothing to gain access to national parks, refuges, monuments, and the areas around them in an effort to maximize profits. Places like the Arches of Utah, the Red Desert of Wyoming, and George Washington National Park should be protected for future generations, not defaced by oil and gas wells.
Recent polls have show that 76 percent of Americans support protecting certain wild places from drilling. Yet, despite this, the Obama administration has continued to lease wild lands to money hungry companies. These lands represent the very character of our country. The profits generated by drilling pale in comparison to the recreation opportunities, vital wildlife habitat, and aesthetic beauty provided by our public lands. We must prioritize conservation over short term gains.
Despite their status as national icons, many lands remain open to the possibility of oil and gas drilling unless they are specifically designated as wilderness areas under the National Wilderness Preservation System. We need to protect all vulnerable lands from the destructive practice of drilling. Please move to designate all threatened areas as wilderness to ensure they are not jeopardized by the greedy oil and gas companies.
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