By David Stubbs on March 11, 2011
Today is the day to speak up to preserve our future air and water quality.
The Bridger-Teton National Forest will accept comments until 5 p.m. on a proposal for natural gas drilling in Noble Basin, in the headwaters of the Hoback River near Bondurant.
Already three times this month — March 1, 2 and 5, according to AP reports — ozone pollution from the nearby Jonah and Pinedale Anticline gas fields was more poisonous than standing above the freeway in Los Angeles on that city’s worst smog day of the year.
Now Forest Supervisor Jacqueline Buchanan has the opportunity to protect us, or have the weight of more wild land decimation, and air and water pollution, on her shoulders.
The idea of the extraction industry co-existing with nature has been proven a hoax. We’re breathing it. Somehow, despite legislation to protect the Wyoming Range, we are still fighting this battle. Please step up and fight the battle collectively, as a community, from all sides of the political spectrum.
Copy and paste the e-mail address and subject line below:
Subject line: Eagle Prospect and Noble Basin MDP DEIS
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The full draft environmental study can be found here.
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Let us be frank: Oil and gas drilling constitutes a total sacrifice of the targeted piece of land for resource extraction. The Jonah Field and Pinedale anticline are classic examples.
There is no question that we burn oil and gas at the moment and need to develop these resources on American soil, as long as we continue our addiction.
The hard question remains: “Which lands are we prepared to sacrifice?” I would argue that crucial habitat and headwaters of our rivers such as the Noble Basin area should be off limits.
• Hoback headwaters could be fracked (Jan. 18, 2011)