In the wake of a tidal wave of public outrage, the U.S.
Bureau of Land Management this week scrapped plans to sell off nearly 30,000
acres of public lands for fracking in western Colorado.
You helped make this happen and I want to thank you. When we
asked our members and supporters to weigh in on this insane plan to auction our
public lands for fracking, thousands of you responded.
I’m not kidding when I say this plan was insane. All told,
43 square miles of land in Grand County, Colorado were up for sale to the oil
and gas industry.
These included lands along the Colorado River and next to
Rocky Mountain National Park. This place is not an oil and gas sacrifice zone, rather
it is the pinnacle of Rocky Mountain grandeur.
The proposal drew fierce resistance from local governments,
landowners, and a broad alliance of environmental groups.
From the start, WildEarth Guardians weighed in forcefully to
thwart this public lands giveaway, filing legal comments and, most recently, an
appeal to block the public lands sale.
Thankfully, the pressure paid off. With Grand County spared
from fracking, our western public lands, our climate, and our clean energy
future are a whole lot safer.
We still have work to do. President Trump and his Interior
Secretary, Ryan Zinke, are bent on selling off our public lands to the oil and
This year alone, nearly one million acres of public lands in
Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming are on the auction
Iconic landscapes like Zion National Park in Utah and Chaco
Canyon in New Mexico remain gravely threatened. The sale of these lands also
stands to undermine our progress in combating climate change.
With your support, WildEarth Guardians is confronting
Trump’s and Zinke’s attempts to liquidate our public lands for fracking and to
keep us locked into a fossil fuel future.
Let’s celebrate this win for Grand County and look ahead to
winning for the rest of the American West.
For the wild,
Climate and Energy Director
P.S. Read more about this win
for Grand County and Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.
Learn more about Trump’s and Zinke’s assault on our public lands and climate,
check out our latest
mapping project detailing what’s at risk and what we’re doing to step up the
Rocky Mountain National Park photo credit: Jim Westfall, NPS