Clean Up Diesel Spill Threatening Wildlife Management Area

Target: Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico

Goal: Ensure cleanup of a diesel spill is done completely, so as to not harm a Wildlife Management Area.

A tanker truck carrying diesel fuel crashed, spilling anywhere from 500-1,200 gallons of fuel into the Cimarron River in New Mexico. The crash happened five miles west of a town called Eagle Nest. People in the area have been notified and the cleanup has begun, according to Albuquerque news sources. However, we must ensure this cleanup is done properly and completely as this spill has the potential to threaten far more than just the town of Eagle Nest.

The spill occurred a very short distance away from Eagle Nest Lake. Both the lake and the river itself are well known and popular fishing spots for trout and other fish. Just southwest of the lake is the Colin Neblett National Wildlife Management Area, in Cimaron State Park. If this diesel fuel travels into the lake and continues down river, it would threaten the entire Wildlife Management Area, and the whole park itself.

The area is home to countless birds, fish, elk and other animals. This spill entering their habitat could be devastating to the entire ecosystem. We must make sure this spill is cleaned up completely, and that there is no threat to the animals that live in the Wildlife Area or the river itself. Sign this petition to make sure none of the Cimarron River and State Park animals are permanently affected by this diesel spill.


Dear Governor Martinez,

Recently, a tanker truck carrying diesel fuel spilled into the Cimarron River, releasing 500-1,200 gallons of diesel. According to news sources, the cleanup has begun, but we must ensure that this cleanup is done completely and properly. The lives of countless animals and the recreation areas for citizens of New Mexico are greatly in danger.

The Cimarron River, Eagle Nest Lake, Cimarron Canyon State Park and the Colin Neblett Wildlife Management Area, and even the town of Eagle Nest are threatened by this diesel spill. Use your power as governor to put all available resources toward this clean up effort and ensure these animals and people are not harmed by this spill.

As the effects of climate change begin to show themselves more and more, the places like those threatened by this spill will become more necessary then ever. Show your state and your country that the wildlife and ecosystems in New Mexico are valued by your administration. Set an example for future spill cleanup efforts by working closely with cleanup staff to ensure that the spill is dealt with properly.


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  1. Brenda Denno says:

    It must be cleaned up properly and thoroughly! The oil industry needs to end.

  2. After the thorough cleaning, monitor all possible places that have been affected by the spill. Then ensure that no more trucks with dangerous loads are allowed on the Eagle Nest land for a 50 mile radius or more.

  3. They (oiL companies) need to be hit hard, where it hurts – in their deep pockets! And they need to be held accountable for the whole time it takes the area in which They caused damage to the innocent animals and the environments.May it be 1 year or 50. It’s a matter of time that this will occur with Kinder Morgan and Enbridge pipelines. And who will have to suffer and pay the price. Not the greedy Oil business men of the OiL industry.

  4. Angela Rabon says:

    If you listen to the fossil fuel industry, it does not have to be cleaned up properly. In some areas where they have spills they have left spills and not cleaned the surrounding areas, which pollutes soil and water. This is why fossil fuels are so dangerous. After all these years, drilling is still not perfected and is dangerous to people and animals. We have alternative energy that is cleaner and cheaper but because many rich Americans are investing in oil and gas, the U.S. is behind many nations. Chile has banked so much solar energy, they are freely giving it away to underprivileged nations who need energy. This is what the U.S. should be doing but as long as rich people run our country, alternative energy will never be used more than fossil fuel products.


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