Saturday, June 9, 2012

Drill Everywhere Says Romney


Governor Romney will permit drilling wherever it can be done safely, taking into account local concerns.
~ Romney Spokesperson Andrea Saul in the Washington Post

(Obama) said he was going to create some 5 million green energy jobs. Have you seen those around here anywhere? No, as a matter of fact he’s going after energy. He says he for all of the above when it comes for energy, you heard that. And yet he’s made it harder to get coal out of the ground, he’s made it harder to get natural gas out of the ground, he’s made it harder to get oil out of the ground.”
~ Mitt Romney in Craig Colorado, May 29, 2012



I want the drilling to stop but they won’t listen. I am sad about the fracking. … It breaks my heart. I want you to come to Erie, Colorado, and ask all the oil and gas companies to leave. We can’t continue to destroy the Earth.
~ 6-year-old Olivia Cusimano in a letter to President Obama on May 26

It’s the industrialization of the forest lands.
~ Kate Wofford, director of Shenandoah Valley Network that seeks to protect forest at the headwaters of the Potomac and James rivers, which supply drinking water for Washington and Richmond.

Unconventional hydrocarbon shale gas extraction is the single greatest catastrophe facing Pennsylvania since the turn of the century when the timber barons clear-cut our forested watersheds and the coal barons strip mined our lands for coal and gave us the legacy of acid mine drainage.
~ Bill Belitskus, board president of the Allegheny Defense Project

If you give away our forest, we don't own it any more....The Bureau of Land Management is not your boss. You must tell them, 'No more leasing of our forest lands,' now.
~ Roxanne Groff, Commissioner of Athens County, Ohio, pleading with a National Forest Official to halt the lease of lands for natural gas fracking

In response to public outcry, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management on Friday postponed an auction of 43,000 acres of the Talladega National Forest for oil and gas exploration, which had been scheduled for next week.
~ The Birmingham News

From the Locust Fork Alabama Gazette Journal ~
Senator Gerald Dial of Lineville, Alabama, introduced this resolution in the state Senate.


WHEREAS, Alabama national forest land is an important source of drinking water supplies, fish and wildlife habitats, hunting and fishing, and other outdoor recreation that contribute to the local economies in the state and the quality of life for Alabamians; and

WHEREAS, on June 14, 2012, the United States Bureau of Land Management is scheduled to offer over 43,000 acres of Alabama national forest land for lease for oil and gas development; and

WHEREAS, much of the land to be leased is underlain by shale geological formations, a potential source for natural gas that is to be extracted by a drilling process known as horizontal hydraulic fracturing; and

WHEREAS, some of the national forest land to be leased for drilling is located near a potential water supply source for the City of Anniston, other municipalities, and users including, but not limited to, Fort McClellan, the Anniston Army Depot, parts of the City of Oxford, Blue Mountain, the City of Jacksonville, the Calhoun County Water and Fire Protection Authority, Hobson City, and the City of Weaver; and

WHEREAS, some of the national forest land to be leased for drilling contains popular recreation areas, trails, and streams used for swimming and fishing; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That we hereby oppose the sale of oil and gas leases to parcels of Alabama national forest land on June 14, 2012, by the United States Bureau of Land Management.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we urge the United States Bureau of Land Management to act to protect drinking water resources and other important forest, water, and economic resources by removing all parcels located in Alabama national forests from the June 14, 2012, lease sale.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be provided to each member of the Alabama Congressional Delegation.

Talledega National Forest

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