Target: Jonathan Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service
Goal: Prevent fracking company billionaire from receiving a tourist concession within Glacier National Park
Billionaire Philip Anschutz is seeking a contract from the National Park Service to control tourist activities within Glacier National Park. Meanwhile, his hydraulic fracturing project on a Native American reservation directly adjacent to the park is causing irreparable damage to the surrounding ecosystem and water sources. Someone who is openly polluting the environment and contributing to greenhouse gases that melt glaciers should not be allowed a lucrative contract within Glacier National Park.
The contract will allow Anschutz’s company, Xanterra Parks and Resorts, to manage the park’s lodging, food service, and retail stores for the next 16 years, beginning January 1, 2014. Xanterra already holds the tourist concession for Yellowstone National Park
Anschutz Exploration Corp. is already fracking on a Blackfeet First Nations reservation directly adjacent to the park. Although the Tribal Business Council approved the current project, many tribal people on the reservation fear for the wellbeing of their natural resources, resulting in the formation of the Blackfeet Anti-Fracking Coalition. Opponents cite the fact that Anschutz refuses to conduct an environmental assesment of the project
Evidence shows that fracturing is wasteful of resources, if not downright detrimental to the environment overall. Between one and eight-million gallons of water is used per fracture, along with 40,000 gallons of chemicals pumped into the earth. These toxic chemicals contaminate groundwater, and water sources near fracturing sites contain as much as 17 times the amount of methane as normal wells.
No one will never be able to repair the harm Anschutz’s fracking project is causing to the Blackfeet Reservation and its ecosystem. Demand that the National Park Service deny Philip Anschutz the right to profit off of Glacier National Park since he has already done so much damage to the surrounding environment.
Dear Mr. Jarvis,
I ask that you deny Xanterra owner Phillip Anschutz a tourist contract within Glacier National Park. Mr. Anschutz has refused to conduct an environmental assessment of his current fracturing project on the Blackfeet Reservation adjacent to the park and has already met opposition in that community.
Independent evidence shows that hydraulic fracturing contaminates vast amounts of groundwater in the communities where it is allowed, resulting from the insertion of thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals into the earth. Fracking also raises methane levels in water to a dangerous degree, making it unfit for drinking.
Since this project will cause irreparable harm to the environment, helping to exacerbate a global warming trend that melts glaciers worldwide, it seems unjust to give Mr. Anschutz’s company a lucrative tourism contract in Glacier National Park. For this reason, I ask you to please deny Xanterra the tourist concession in the national park.
[Your Name Here]
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