Thousands of comments from Ohioans, since 2011, should make it clear to Wayne National Forest officials that our
community says, NO FRACKING OUR FOREST!
Fracking our forest is illegal.
Fracking our National Forest is dangerous for the forest.
Fracking our National Forest is dangerous for our community and our economy.
Fracking our National Forest is dangerous for the planet and climate.
Wayne National Forest supervisor Tony Scardina can and must say NO FRACKING, no leasing, No Consent! #keepitintheground!
Please write National Forest Supervisor Tony Scardina
at firstname.lastname@example.org ; or Wayne National Forest 13700 US Rt. 33, Nelsonville
OH 45764; or call him at 740-753-0880.
object to the Wayne illegally opening up our National Forest to fracking and
its vast consumption of water and production of toxic, radioactive waste and
significant air pollution; industrialization of our region; likely water
pollution; and significant and unnecessary exacerbation of climate change. Consider:
- Climate change is a crisis with no
equal, demanding immediate and decisive action. Recent studies reveal that
frack wells leak vast amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas (ghg) 87 times more
powerful than CO2. This and the lifecycle CO2 emissions (from trucks,
equipment, and burning the fuel) make fracking worse for the climate than coal. The Wayne proposal comes at a time
when almost 200 countries, including the U.S., have committed to reducing ghg
emissions. The U.S. can meet its commitment only
by stopping all new leasing of fossil fuels on public land. We join the
national call for an executive order by the President to halt all new leasing
of federal mineral rights, such as those underneath Wayne National Forest. And
we support legislation introduced into the U.S. Congress to do the same.
- We also demand that the FS withhold consent because, under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the
Forest Service can take action with significant potential impacts on the Forest
and human community surrounding the Forest only if the action is in accord with
the Forest’s Plan. Fracking was not
evaluated in the most recent Wayne Forest Plan, done in 2006!
- The Wayne’s inadequate 2012 Supplemental
Information Report, undertaken after community opposition got a 2011 lease sale
canceled, is not a NEPA-based
Forest Service, by law, must undertake a full NEPA-based environmental review
of the impacts of fracking on our forest, community, and climate before
considering consent. This review must take into account all pertinent new
information, including climate impacts of oil and gas extraction, processing,
transportation, and burning, and both short- and
long-term implications from the action for public health, air, water, forest
health, and our local economy. Site-by-site assessments, as the Wayne is
proposing, cannot evaluate these cumulative impacts, which, according to
NEPA, must be evaluated in a Forest-wide Environmental Impact Statement (EIS,)
due to their significance, scale, and intensity.
this research will make it abundantly clear that consenting to lease for fracking
will have significant negative impacts on our community’s air, water, and local
economies as well as on the climate, and therefore must be rejected.
Our community has
said loudly and clearly, over and over, “We say NO! Do the research. No consent!”
PLEASE ADD YOUR
Help us convince
Mr. Scardina that he must listen!
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