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Friday, May 25, 2012

An Environmental Friday Evening

 Sierra Club - Explore, enjoy and protect the planet
Dear Reader, I am passing this on and will continue to pass e-mail like this along until the Threat of 'Fracking' becomes history;
The natural gas industry wants to frack in Wayne National Forest, and we need to stop them!

The U.S. Forest Service is considering leasing over 3,000 acres of our forest to natural gas drilling companies. Adding injury to insult, the Forest Service hopes we won't notice they are trying to move forward with the leases. These are the same lands where we hike, fish, and camp, and we need to tell the Forest Service that we are paying attention!

Tell the U.S. Forest Service that you do not want fracking in our national forests.
The environmental and public health impacts of fracking are no secret. In 2011, there were fracking-related earthquakes in Ohio. The drilling process creates so much air pollution that rural Wyoming communities, where fracking takes place, have experienced worse air quality days than Los Angeles. And of course, the toxic chemicals used in fracking often make their way into our drinking water.

Tell the U.S. Forest Service that fracking is risky and has no place in our national forests.
Wayne National Forest is our forest. The fact that the natural gas industry and the Forest Service are trying to move forward with these dangerous leases without informing us of the environmental and public health impacts is a problem. If the Forest Service heads down this road, what is to stop them from opening our other treasured lands to fracking?

Tell the U.S. Forest Service that Wayne National Forest should not be for sale to the highest bidder.
Thanks for all that you do
 Deb Nardone
Director, Beyond Natural Gas Campaign
Sierra Club

P.S. If you want to stop fracking in Wayne National Forest, please forward this email to your friends and family.
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Dear Reader, along with this e-mail--Thank you for your time and consideration;

We have just 5 days to protect the spotted seal from uncontrolled oil and gas mining.
Spotted Seal Pup
An ice floe in arctic waters may not seem like a great spot to have a baby – but it's perfect for the spotted seal. During the summer and fall, enormous groups of these wide-eyed seals gather in Kasegaluk Lagoon to safely birth their helpless pups.
But this idyllic Alaskan lagoon could soon be destroyed by oil and gas drilling.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently deciding what to do with 23 million acres of land in Alaska's Western Actic. The oil industry is pressuring them to open this pristine land to reckless development, but the BLM is first giving the public a rare – and short – chance to make their feelings known.
Public input is going to be a crucial part of how the BLM makes their decision, so we need to send them a clear sign: spotted seals and Arctic wildlife are worth protecting.
This is almost certainly the best chance we've had to protect Arctic wildlife like spotted seals in decades

The 23 million acres in Alaska's Western Arctic is the largest block of public land in the country – and it's on Big Oil's most wanted list. But this special wilderness area isn't just home to spotted seals. It's also essential for a stunning variety of wildlife, including herds of endangered caribou (also known as reindeer), beluga whales, polar bears, and migratory birds.
The BLM is weighing a few different options for what to do with the land. If the oil companies get their way, every inch of a protected public space would be free for them to invade with dangerous drilling equipment.
But if we speak out loudly enough, the BLM will instead look at another of their top choices: a sustainable plan that would protect wildlife while allowing some drilling in strategic places. We're sending off your comments on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. so we need you to speak out now. This is our only chance to persuade the BLM that the public won't stand for the destruction of spotted seal pups or any other Alaskan wildlife.
Thank you again for all that you do.

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