In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Bureau of Land Management began illegally issuing fracking leases in Colorado with no environmental analysis, no roadless protections and no consultation with experts at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
As a result, some of the state's most sensitive and valued public lands are now at risk. The Thompson Divide is the site of illegal oil and gas leases -- and it contains vast swaths of aspen forest, unspoiled wildlife habitat and watersheds for major tributaries of the Colorado River.
Fortunately, the Obama administration has released a draft plan that would wholly or partially cancel 25 of those 65 illegal fracking leases -- but that's not good enough.
Urge the BLM to cancel all of the leases and keep these fossil fuels in the ground.
January 10, 2016 Action Alert ID# 322
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