Save National Forest From Illegal Development

Maroon Lake at peak fall color in late September on the White River National Forest in Colorado.Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the 2.3 million-acre White River National Forest is the top recreation forest in the nation. Home to world-renowned ski resorts and the birthplace of Wilderness, the White River has something to offer every outdoor enthusiast.

Target: Neil Kornze, Bureau of Land Management Director

Goal: Cancel illegally issued leases granted to oil and gas companies to drill in a national forest.

Several oil and gas leases that gave the fossil fuel industry the right to drill and bulldoze the White River National Forest in Colorado were wrongfully issued according to a recent ruling by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM has decided that these leases are illegal and should never been allowed. Unfortunately, the BLM has only proposed revoking 25 of these leases, leaving 40 others active. This means that the White River Forest finds itself threatened by companies who wish to ruin the land in the name of profit.

The White River National Forest is one of Colorado’s most iconic landscapes. The forest features tens of thousands of acres of land and provides shelter to numerous plant and animal species. Bears, lynx, falcons, and approximately 300 other animal species rely on the forest for protection and food. If the oil and gas companies are allowed to begin drilling and logging, these vulnerable populations will be in great danger.

The 65 oil and gas leases in question were issued in violation of federal law. Permits and licenses of this nature are required to be in compliance with environmental regulations, but these leases clearly do not meet the necessary requirements. The companies that stand to profit from this situation are aggressively lobbying to prevent the BLM from finishing their plans to revoke these leases, making the need to voice support all the more important.

The threatened land contains some of the last untouched forests in the state. It provides habitat for local wildlife, trails for recreation, and drinking water for nearby communities. The destruction of these lands just to make a quick profit would have disastrous environmental implications. Urge the BLM to do more and cancel all of the illegal leases in the White River National Forest area.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Kornze,

First of all, thank you for the proposal calling for the cancellation of 25 illegal oil and gas leases in the White River National Forest area.  These leases were issued illegally with no regulation from the BLM or any other agency.While your hard work is appreciated, there is still more work to be done. Your agency must go further and nullify the remaining 40 leases that were not cancelled.

The White River National Forest is essential to the Colorado landscape. It provides shelter for local wildlife, ample space for outdoor enthusiasts, and even water for local residents. It is simply too essential to be destroyed, and I ask you to please void these leases so that these lands can be protected from the illegal actions of greedy corporations.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

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3 Comments

  1. Stop the raping and pillaging of our public “protected” lands. STOP. Now, please. All these leases seem illegal to me. Think about the Earth we are leaving for our children – you’re responsible. Make wise choices! Where is your conscience?

  2. Heather Brophy says:

    Neil, HOW IGNORANT CAN YOU BE?

  3. Okay, Kornze,

    If it is illegal it is illegal. It is your responsibility to enforce the law not interpret the law.

    Look at another example. Your wife has been raped which is against the law. Law enforcement decides this should be considered not a crime despite a court ruling saying it is a crime. Both issues are laws only you think you have the right to mitigate the law. WRONG!!!
    How would you feel about law enforcement getting into the law interpretation business and modifying the crime against your wife?

    This issue is no different. Please do the right thing.

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