Despite the nearly unanimous opposition to possible fracking in our highly-sensitive area, the BLM unfortunately is trying to cram down our collective throats this eventuality. I suppose the BLM is likely feeling pressures from above to go after every source of revenue and every drop of gas/oil.
This in fact was stated to me by a BLM employee. Undoubtedly, this current drilling frenzy puts people to work in the short-term and also will assuredly employ many more to mitigate eventual negative ecological impacts. And think of the medical systems' future windfall as chronic mysterious illnesses increase and diagnosing and treating symptoms adds to our healthcare costs. This will be another step taken on our long and painful journey to eventual extinction once this planetary home becomes more and more inhospitable to life.
Our antiquated use of fossil fuels needs to be reduced drastically, not made more abundant and cheap, burned without seeing the broader negative ramifications. Are we just a species of closet pyromaniacs that can't fathom evolving away from exploding/burning fossil fuels to create energy? You'd think that with our national political leadership in wild disfavor they'd tend to keep an ear to the ground and listen to the will of the people. Seems their ears are trained only on the lips of Big Oil.
This fragile natural environment is at-risk and the feds may regrettably have their way, with utter disregard for what this community has clearly stated. Our community prefers a more evolved, cautious and mature stewardship. If the BLM goes forward with the leases, if fracking is pursued here and commonplace, the degradation to our pastoral, agricultural nature will be ruined . . . forever! Sometimes I wonder if humans deserve such a magical, hospitable planet. We are so willing to pillage it for backward energy sources that we clearly need to liberate ourselves from. It is an ongoing fight for the masses to avoid growing frustration and cynicism due to our lack of wise leadership.
Maybe the powers-that-be are counting on us to emotionally detach, throw our hands up and surrender. I trust we can mount the same outpouring of vocal opposition as before and show the "ruling political class" that we don't take being thrown under the fracking rigs lightly! We demand that our representatives who are our employees heed our strong, united request that the remaining 20,000 acres proposed for lease be removed. If not, this is a clear sign the American people are now considered merely "collateral damage" to the profit-making of the investor-class who've bought unfair political influence. Much will be learned as this fight unfolds!