By Kiley Miller (Contact)
To be delivered to: Bureau of Land Management, Melanie Hunter, Lease Sale, Governor Gary Herbert, and President Barack Obama
The BLM is slated to put up 51,693 acres a total of 28 parcels on the auction block for oil & gas development in the Moab region.
One parcel in particular 042 sits on top of numerous water sheds connected to Moab, another is within a half mile of a remote section of the Dolores river & numerous parcels just 20 miles south of Moab next to the small town of La Sal. Special places with names like Bridger Jack Mesa, Flat Iron Mesa, Browns Hole, Black Ridge, Kane Springs, The Lisbon Gap, The Dolores Triangle could all be affected. Moab Utah is the home of Arches & Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse State Park & millions of acres of public lands. A gem in the eyes of the world the Moab region is one of the most scenic places on the planet, visited by millions of people every year from all over the world. Yet here we are in the fight of our lives as the BLM is slated to put numerous parcels on the auction block for oil & gas development. There was hardly any notice and there is a feeling that it is being fast tracked for approval. These parcels are in direct view of the Moab Valley, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park & beyond. If this development is approved Moab could lose its water supply because of contamination, lose its clean air from the off gassing from drilling and its beautiful view shed will be marked with oil platforms. Moab is in great jeopardy. Tim DeChristopher went to jail to protect this area because of this same threat and here Moab is once again under threat from oil & gas exploitation. I understand the need for oil and gas development, but I think we need to do this responsibly and not lease in areas that could adversely impact an entire towns water supply and clean air. A lot of water supplies & air have been contaminated across the U.S. due to fracking and natural gas exploration. The Blm has an oil & gas lease auction every year, this year they proposed over 80,000 acres but some were deferred, including 039 which was directly on Moab's watershed. Let's not create a situation that can't be undone. Moab needs not only its citizens to help save it but all out there in the world who love it.
The comment period ends Friday October 19th at 4:30 pm.
Bureau of Land Management
Attention Melanie Hunter
Moab Field Office
82 East Dogwood
Moab, UT 84532
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(Include "Lease Sale" in the Subject Line)
The Environmental Assessment-
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