On our first grassroots tour of Gasland Part II Josh and I had the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful places in America.
We stopped in Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and Big Sur, places that never cease to amaze me, not only because of their staggering beauty, but because every single American has the right to enjoy them.
These national parks aren’t directly under threat of fracking at the moment, but others like the Grand Tetons and Theodore Roosevelt National Park are.
The Obama administration has proposed opening up 600 million acres of public land to fracking. They want to turn your land into Gasland.
Think about what fracking on public lands means.
The Bureau of Land Management’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Fracking threatens all of that. It’s an inherently dangerous practice that cannot be safely regulated. The idea of health and enjoyment coexisting with fracking is ludicrous.
To me fracking on public lands means setting a dangerous precedent of ignoring American ideals and democracy. It’s our government putting private profit before the best interest of its people.
Driving through the west, under those big amazing skies, I could feel the promise that’s called out to Americans for generations. It’s one of the many landscapes of the American dream.
Fracking our public lands is not that dream. It’s profits for a few multi-national corporations at the expense of millions of Americans.
It’s up to us. This is my land. This is your land. And I wont sit back and watch it become Gasland.
-Lee, Gasland Grassroots Coordinator