Target: Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
Goal: Prevent Keystone from moving forward with plans for the XL Pipeline without first addressing lynx population concerns.
Plans for Keystone’s XL pipeline would disrupt the habitat of many endangered species. It would also pass near the Ogallala Aquifer and Sandhills region, potentially devastating a naturally beautiful section of both Canada and the United States. Moreover, this issue calls to attention a larger problem with lynx protection in the United States. If changes to environmental policy are not made, the survival of the lynx as a species will be put at risk.
Legislation regarding the protection of the lynx has been stalled for quite some time. Despite the fact that in 2009 the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) extended the lynx habitat to include several areas that Keystone’s XL Pipeline would pass through, legislation to support these changes has still not been passed. The USFWS has recognized various threats to the lynx’s survival since 2000, but have failed to make significant progress in helping the species recover, and have in fact allowed more habitat destruction to take place. It is time for us to take a stand against the government’s apathy when it comes to protecting the lynx. Urge the Secretary of the Interior to prevent devastation of lynx habitat.
Dear Sally Jewell,
The current plans for Keystone’s XL pipeline would disrupt the habitat of a great number of endangered species, including the lynx. Also passing near the Ogallala Aquifer and Sandhills region, it could potentially devastate a naturally beautiful section of North America. The issue of the XL pipeline also calls to attention a larger problem with the United States’ lynx protection policies. If changes to these policies are not made, the survival of the lynx as a species will be at risk.
It is important to note that, while the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has made clear that it recognizes the threat to the lynx’s survival as a species since 2000, it has taken no legal action to protect the lynx’s habitat. Excessive logging has been taking place in the species’ habitat for several years, and no action has been taken to stop it. The service is continuing its pattern of disregard through the issue of Keystone’s new XL Pipeline, which would run through several key locations essential to the lynx’s lives. We must help ensure the survival of this species by forcing Keystone to reconsider the path of destruction of their XL Pipeline, and enforce regulations to prevent this happening in the future.
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