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Trump Advances Massive Fracking Expansion on Colorado Federal Lands

Trump Advances Massive Fracking Expansion on Colorado Federal Lands
The Trump administration on Friday released a new land use plan for southwestern Colorado that community and conservation advocacy groups warn is a “dangerous” pathway towards increased fossil fuel extraction that makes no “climate, ecological, or economic sense.”

The advocacy groups opposed to the plan say that expanding fracking in the region over the next decades will not only add fuel to the planetary climate crisis, but will also adversely impact local organic agriculture and endangered species.

“This plan, unconscionable as the connections between fossil fuel emissions and global climate change become clearer every day, has the potential to exponentially increase greenhouse gas pollution in the region over the next decade, when we need to be drastically reducing emissions,” said Melissa Hornbein with the Western Environmental Law Center.

According to the groups,

The plan would allow fracking on more than half of the 675,000 acres of public land and almost a million acres of federal minerals that it covers, and coal extraction on another 371,000 acres. The BLM’s environmental impact analysis fails to tally direct and indirect climate pollution that would result from fossil fuel production.

According to Natasha Léger, executive director of Citizens for a Healthy Community, the plan is “exactly the type of federal action that is responsible for accelerating climate and environmental degradation, which cannot be allowed to stand if we have any hope of protecting present and future generations, rare and irreplaceable ecosystems like the North Fork, and meeting Colorado’s goals for a clean and renewable energy future.”

“Ultimately,” said Rebecca Fischer, climate and energy program attorney for WildEarth Guardians, “the Trump administration is testing Colorado’s commitment to its new climate law, and its success depends on the state stepping up to defend bold climate action.”

Reposted with permission from Common Dreams.

A large fracking operation with Mount Meeker and Longs Peak looming in the background on December 28, 2017 in Loveland, Colorado. Helen H. Richardson / The Denver Post / Getty Images

 

Source:  EcoWatch

By:  by Andrea Germanos   Common Dreams Apr 13

LINK:  https://www.ecowatch.com/fracking-colorado-federal–land-2645703280.html?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem

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