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