Letter: Don’t frack the land we love

The oil and gas industry has set its sights on our national forests and land just outside our national parks for fracking.

Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park, New Mexico’s Otero Mesa and Chaco Canyon and even land near the Delaware Water Gap are all on their short list.

Our public lands are meant to be enjoyed by our families and children, not destroyed to turn a profit for dirty drilling. Thankfully, the Protect Our Public Lands Act was introduced in Congress to ban fracking on all federal lands.

Tell your representatives to protect these special places from fracking and sign on as a cosponsor.

In March, the Obama administration finalized rules regulating fracking on public lands, but failed to declare any areas off limits to this dirty and dangerous practice — including near areas that provide drinking water for millions of Americans and critical habitat for wildlife. The Protect Our Public Lands Act bans fracking on all federal land, protecting these spectacular places.

Along with air and water pollution, fracking would degrade these beautiful places with waste pits, pipelines, noisy machinery and thousands of truck trips.

The Protect Our Public Lands Act will ban fracking on all federal land, protecting these spectacular places. Tell your representatives to sign on as a cosponsor and protect our public lands today!


Shelley Vinyard
Environment Illinois Regional Program Director

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