EARTH WATCH: Taking the Fight to Fracking, Drilling Near Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park

The most recent Earth Watch guest on the Sojourner Truth Radio show was Becca Fischer of WildEarth Guardians, which, along with the Center for Biological DiversityFriends of the EarthRocky Mountain WildSan Luis Valley Ecosystem CouncilSierra Club, and Wild Connections, submitted extensive comments last Friday on Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke’s proposal to auction off 21,000 acres of public lands in Colorado in September. Of the lands nominated for auction, 18,000 acres are located near Great Sand Dunes National Park and Blanca Peak. In the comments, the groups noted that the Bureau of Land Management conducted little to no analysis on the potential harm to Colorado’s clean air, streams, night skies, wildlife habitat, cultural resources, or the national park, from drilling and fracking.

“The area near Great Sand Dunes National Park is uniquely beautiful and very susceptible to the harms from drilling and fracking,” Fischer said in a media release.  “Once BLM leases these lands, it cannot close the door to noise pollution, light pollution, and threats to our clean air and water. Yet, the BLM failed to conduct a meaningful analysis of these impacts.”

See the full WildEarth Guardians release here. 

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