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Letter: We need to be stewards

Mabel Macdonald

Regarding White River National Forest leases: You wish us to narrow our vision to “specific details in the Draft EIS.” Your EIS is based on that of the Forest Service, which sees its mission to be to “sustain the health and diversity of the nation’s forests.”

Without getting into the mushy emotions of “broad position statements,” I’ll just list the specifics of drilling in an inappropriate area of possibly poor returns. The Thompson Divide specifically, and its environs.

Fouled air, water, habitat. Migration routes ghettoized. Watersheds tapped.

Added noise: blasts from drilling, truck dust/noise, social stress as services struggle, drill-baby-drill economic and social boom and bust.

The BLM stretched to the limit as corporations attend to the bottom line by cutting corners. A specific: holding tanks filled with slurry of sand, chemicals, polluted water: they leak. Always. There are never enough appropriations from central government for never enough inspectors.

Socialized costs outsourced to worker families’ taxes.

Scorched forests, more haul routes, wildlife struggling or decimated, ranching threatened.

Is there ever enough?

We are still animals, not gods. Dependent on a fragile planet.

Start over with Alternative 5.

Let’s see if we can become stewards.

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