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water protection

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Petition to Raymond Suazo, Bureau of Land Management

Rural Residents and Land Owners Call for Postponement of Arizona Oil and Gas Lease Sale

Rural Residents and Land Owners Call for Postponement of Arizona Oil and Gas Lease Sale Dear Mr. Suazo and members of the Safford BLM Office, For the following reasons, we, the undersigned residents of rural northern Arizona, respectfully request that you postpone the oil and gas lease sale slated for September. According to two "Determinations of NEPA Adequacy" published on BLM's website, the agency is planning to hold an oil and gas lease sale in September for 4200 acres of land near Petrified Forest National Monument and near the confluence of Silver Creek and the Little Colorado River near Woodruff. The BLM has decided to move forward with the lease sale absent any public notice, any public involvement, and without any analysis or disclosure of the potential harms that leasing and subsequent development could have on our groundwater, wildlife, air quality, public health or property values. Because leases would convey development rights to industry, the BLM must look at those impacts now, at the earliest possible time, before those rights are conveyed. Doing so later, when companies exercise those development rights with drilling proposals, would be too late. Recent Arizona Department of Environmental Quality permitting for non-federal oil and gas development in our region shows that companies are targeting helium gas resources in the top of the Coconino Formation at about 950 ft. below ground. Companies are allowed to inject acid underground in order to fracture rock formations and access gas resources. This is the same depth, or immediately above, many wells in our region that are used for drinking water, agriculture and other uses. Importantly, the ADEQ does not require groundwater monitoring. Therefore, there is no way to know whether or how much acid and other fracking or drilling chemical are moving into that groundwater that we depend on. This large aquifer becoming polluted could affect potable water from Flagstaff eastward including the Native American Nations. Moreover, fracking, which can require millions of gallons of water, could deplete that groundwater. With few other water sources available, and in the face of a regional drought, groundwater contamination and depletion could harm people, businesses, and property values. We are also concerned about the impacts of fracking industrialization on property values, public health, and our way of life. By conveying development rights to industry, BLM's leasing opens the door for industry to exercise those rights with subsequent drilling permits. Drilling and fracking, were it to occur, would require the construction of pipelines, compressor stations, fracking wells, power lines, and new roads. It would increase the amount of truck traffic, dust, noise and air pollution in rural areas. This sort of development would change the character of the wide open landscapes that we now call home, it could harm people sensitive to air pollution, and it could negatively impact property values, which are many peoples' life savings. Again, the BLM must look at those impacts now, at the earliest possible time before development rights are granted. In May of 2017, a settlement ended a lawsuit brought against Bureau of Land Management. This was over its plan to auction drilling rights on one million acres in the Central Valley, Southern Sierra Mountains, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. After two years of negotiations, the BLM now has to launch a new analysis of pollution risks from fracking. We also feel these studies are necessary in order to make sound decisions that will affect the people, water, soil, plants and animals of this region. For these and other reasons, we respectfully request that BLM postpone its September oil and gas lease sale in northern Arizona. We also request the BLM schedule a series of widely advertised meetings soliciting and inviting public comment with at least 30 days notice in Navajo County and also in Phoenix. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, (Your Name) Rural Resident and/or Land Owner of Northern Arizona

Lisa Test
1,175 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Project Rural Water

Provide awareness and support for California and American rural water crises.

Our mission is to provide awareness and educate others that a lot of communities, even in America, lack clean drinking water. Rural communities in the United States often lack access to clean drinking water. Our picture resembles regions of America contaminated with nitrates (red dots) and TTHM (purple). Nitrate is a chemical that is beneficial for plant growth that could cause eutrophication of water sources. The excess amount of nutrients from nitrates could explode algae and phytoplankton growth leading to algal blooms depleting these bodies of water of oxygen necessary for organisms that naturally cleanse water. TTHM (Total Trihalomethanes) are byproducts of chlorine's chemical reactions with organic material in water. TTHM may cause cancer and disrupt human endocrine systems. The map does not include the many other hazardous contaminants like cholera, lead, and mercury. By signing this petition, you are helping advocate our mission and acknowledging the fact that rural communities around the world are struggling to access clean drinking water. We are requesting that the upcoming California State 2018-2019 Budget be changed under the Natural Resources and Environment Protection by increasing the amount being spent on Drought and Drinking Water Expenditures. $94 million dollars a year are currently being spent, however, that is not enough as many people living in low-income, rural areas still do not have the access that the budget seeks to provide them with. We are requesting that the amount to be increased from $94 million dollars to $200 million dollars. The additional $106 million dollars should be allocated to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). The DWR seeks to establish permanent drinking water solutions and they currently only receive $14 million dollars of the budget, and the SWRCB provides grants for drinking water/wastewater solutions and they currently receive only $8.6 million dollars of the budget.

Project Rural Water
72 supporters