We have until August 23 to submit our comments to the Bureau of Land Management, and on August 22, anti-fracking leaders will hand-deliver our comments to the BLM in Washington, D.C.

Hi,

fracking-oil-vl-vertical2I recently sold my house in Glenwood Springs because it sits on the edge of the lower Roaring Fork River, threatened by possible hydraulic fracturing in the Thompson Divide. My property value has plummeted since the doubling of oil and gas development around my home in the past ten years. I’ve been diagnosed with asthma since moving into my home five years ago.

Since moving to Colorado in 1991, I’ve seen the public lands I used to swim, bike, hike, and backcountry ski closed to me. No longer can I hike in areas off of Mamm Creek or bike outside of Paonia due to gates erected to keep me out of the public lands my taxes support. I don’t swim in the North Fork of the Gunnison for fear of water contamination from hydraulic fracturing in areas whose creeks feed this river. I used to lead my students through the back roads and trails of Grand Mesa, on skis, bikes, and on foot. The views were spectacular as we hiked the Crag Crest Trail or rode our bikes out to Lands End. N ow, the fracking trucks along I-70 and the lights of hydraulic fracturing towers obscure our view.

As a DJ on my community public radio station, KDNK, in Carbondale, Colorado, I played Woodie Guthrie’s song, “This Land is Your Land” on the 4th of July this year. I dedicated the song to all my listeners, and to all the politicians who have lost sight of what democracy means.

President Obama is about to issue his first major policy on fracking. The Bureau of Land Management has issued draft rules for fracking on 600 million acres of public and Indian lands, like those near me in Colorado. Unfortunately, these rules are straight out of the oil and gas industry’s playbook. The provisions on disclosure of the toxic chemicals used in fracking were written by ExxonMobil and taken straight from model bills peddled by ALEC, the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council. And the draft rules do nothing to protect watersheds that provide drinking water to millions of people.

We have until August 23 to submit our comments to the Bureau of Land Management, and on August 22, anti-fracking leaders will hand-deliver our comments to the BLM in Washington, D.C.

That’s why I signed a petition to Sally Jewell and President Barack Obama, which says:

“I am calling for an immediate ban on oil and gas fracking on all federal lands. The Bureau of Land Management’s draft rules for fracking on public lands fail to protect the water we drink, the air we breathe, the climate we depend on, and the land many of us call home. This land is our land and should be managed for the good of the people, not corporate profits for the oil and gas industry.

Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ban-hydraulic-fracturing-1?source=s.fwd&r_by=1763912

Thanks!


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