Tell the Bureau of Land Management: Protect our lands from drilling

At a time when we need more nature, more beauty in our lives, the Interior Department is considering more than 230 nominations for oil and gas leases -- covering more than 150,000 acres in southern Utah -- that would bring drilling operations within mere miles of some of the nation's most precious protected areas.

If oil and gas drilling is permitted here, industrial lighting and methane flaring would interrupt the expansive, star-filled night sky that the parks are known for. The pristine air quality and hundred-mile views would be disrupted. The stillness of the landscape would forever vanish.

We can't let them trade these precious lands for a little more oil. Tell the BLM to protect these lands from drilling and reject the proposals for nominations of lease sales on parcels just outside of our national parks.

Subject: Protect our lands from drilling