- Bureau of Land Management
Stop the Auctioning of Wayne National Forest for Oil
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It started with the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). We have proven that through peaceful protest, we can fight back against fracking, which can destroy wildlife, poison water sources, and even push forward climate change. Even so, companies silently continue to push fracking in other areas, Even a national forest.
Wayne National Forest is located in Southeastern Ohio. Among rare plants and abundant wildlife, a large portion of the Wayne runs along the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water to over 5 million people. This forest is still in danger of fracking, however. The United States Bureau of Land Management is holding an auction to lease off 1,600 acres of the forest with special interest to oil companies. These companies will drill wells, extract oil, and leave once the lease is up. But that is still enough time to leak into the Ohio River, poisoning millions of people, just like the DAPL risked.
We cannot let this auction move forward. We, a group of Ohioans, are going to present the BLM with 33 files of protest, one for each parcel of land being auctioned, no later than November 14th, 2016. Our goal with this petition is to express the gravity of this situation in order to avoid a large-scale protest similar to the DAPL Protests. We cannot risk the rare plants, wildlife, or quality of water for even more fracking.
- United States Department of the Interior
- Bureau of Land Management
14 November 2016
Letter to Accompany Petition of Protest
Dear United States Bureau of Land Management and the United States Department of the Interior,
We are delivering this petition and this accompanying letter to protest the auction of every parcel of land within the Wayne National Forest. Our state of interest being concern for the only National Forest in Ohio, we are worried that fracking would not only hurt the forest itself due to fracking’s environmental impacts, but also the risk of the wells leaking materials in the Ohio River which would compromise its usability in industry, public plumbing, and providing for the natural environment.
The reasons for supporting this petition are two-fold. Firstly, National Forests should be held sacred, as they are set aside to protect the environment there and the life that resides there. Secondly, we have garnered a large amount of support, from over 90,000 signatures to endorsements from prominent environmental groups such as Buckeye Forest Council, Athens County Fracking Action Network, SprouTogether, and The Earth Guardians. They, along with us, ambassadors of SprouTogether and local Ohioans ourselves, are very concerned that fracking in the Wayne National Forest could lead to not only the destruction of the forest and the environment, but also set precedents in the future to allow similar actions be taken in other national forests, or national parks. Our national forests and parks are sacred to the American people, and we deserve a say in what happens to the land. This is standing up for our right to protest, and us standing up to protest for the environment itself.
Please reconsider allowing oil companies to purchase parcels and drill in the parcels in Wayne National Forest. We only have one here in Ohio… We don’t want just another oil field.
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