4/6 – Bookmark this and be a commenter! – Deadline updates.

Picture of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Learn more about this amazing place here.

Be an environmental protector!

Be a hero to our land and wildlife without even having to go outside!

Take a minute to bookmark this and watch the dates. There’s a comment deadline today (4/6)!

Spend 5 minutes of your lunch hours writing comments. They can be just a few sentences each. The more, the better! 

If we’ve missed an important deadline, please contact us and we’ll update this list.

#1. LAST DAY! (4/6 deadline) to comment on extraction industry leasing next to Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park.

In one of the latest installments of the Trump administration’s move to open up federal lands for energy development, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) now plans to lease more than 18,000 acres east of the park for oil and gas drilling — an area about as big as 14,000 football fields within a quarter mile of this amazing nature preserve. This could threaten air and water quality upstream from the Sand Dunes, in addition to introducing light and noise pollution to a place considered one of the quietest and possibly also one of the darkest in the country. Locals will also have to deal with the health hazard from the polluting side effects of oil and gas development, which studies have shown to send chemicals into the air.

Comment here on the Sierra Club’s page, or email the BLM directly here.

#2. (4/11 deadline) – Comment on the BLM’s plans for land formerly in mutilated Bears Ears National Monument.

Valley of the gods

The Valley of the Gods was included in Bears Ears but not in Shash Jáa. | Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management

See recent discussion of this here including comment hints and inspiration.

Comment here for Bears Ears. Or here.
Or email here.

#3. (4/13 deadline) – Comment on the BLM’s plans for land formerly in mutilated Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument

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Sunset Arch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

See recent discussion of this here including comment hints and inspiration.

Comment here for Grand Staircase-Escalante. Or here.

#4. (4/13 deadline) – Phase out drift net fishing off CA coastline.


See recent discussion of this and contact information here.

#5. (4/21 deadline) – Protect the birds and bees from neonicotinoid pesticides.

See recent discussion of this here.

Help them and ourselves by commenting  here.
Read other people’s comments for inspiration here.

(Currently only 43,900 comments)

#6. (4/23 deadline) – Stop the attack on our protections from methane.

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Flames from a flaring pit near a well in the Bakken Oil Field. The primary component of natural gas is methane, which is odorless when it comes directly out of the gas well.  (Source: http://www.earthworksaction.org)

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, and alongside other toxic gases emitted from oil and gas drilling, is linked to increased asthma rates, birth defects, and cancer. The .  Obama administration put commonsense safeguards in place that set limits to the amount of pollution that was allowed to escape providing critical health protections for surrounding Indigenous communities and those who live near public lands. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the Bureau of Land Management have submitted a proposal to repeal the Waste Prevention Rule, an Obama-era rule which reduces methane emissions. While the courts have struck down Zinke’s efforts to delay the implementation of the original Waste Prevention Rule, his proposal in the Federal Register is a separate attack which is open to comments until April 23rd.

Comment here directly or here through the Sierra Club’s portal.
Read other people’s comments for inspiration here.

(Currently 22,250 comments.)

#7. (4/30 deadline) – The Beaufort Sea needs to remain off-limits.

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Polar bear in the Beaufort Sea – Kaktovik – Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – Alaska

In Dec. of 2016,  Obama said that the  Beaufort Sea and the entire Chukchi Sea was tp be off-limits to drilling per “the scientific assessment that, even with the high safety standards that both our countries have put in place, the risks of an oil spill in this region are significant and our ability to clean up from a spill in the region’s harsh conditions is limited. By contrast, it would take decades to fully develop the production infrastructure necessary for any large-scale oil and gas leasing production in the region—at a time when we need to continue to move decisively away from fossil fuels.”

Trump don’t care. His administration is proposing to resume leasing areas of Alaska’s Beaufort Sea to oil drilling as soon as next year.

Comment here by Apr 30, 2018 11:59 PM ET.  Tell him to leave the Beaufort Sea off-limits.
Read other people’s comments for inspiration here.

(Currently 2 comments.)



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