Protect Our Parks and Forests From Drilling
As fracking booms across our state, federal officials are close to allowing this dirty drilling in our national forests and near our national parks, such as White River National Forest and Mesa Verde. We have a duty to protect these natural treasures for future generations—not allow them to be turned into industrial wastelands by fracking.
Fracking near Mesa Verde and White River
Colorado is home to some of the most beautiful national parks and forests in the country. But several of these treasured places—from White River National Forest to Mesa Verde National Park—are now threatened by the oil and gas industry's plan to expand fracking.
A threat to Colorado's environment
With well pads, compressors, pipelines and hundreds of truck trips, fracking in our national forests would mean turning some our most special places into industrial zones.
And fracking uses millions of gallons of fresh water, and leaves them polluted with toxic chemicals. This toxic wastewater can leak and contaminate our rivers and streams, and should be kept far away from our national forests and parks.
We're calling on our federal officials
Fracking turns pristine acres into industrial zones, pollutes the air, and puts waterways at risk of contamination. Our parks and forests should be protected, not opened to this dangerous drilling process. That's why Environment Colorado is working to protect all our special places by calling on our decision-makers to act.
Will elected officials protect our special places from fracking?
With the fracking boom, the oil and gas industry is aiming to bring its dirty drilling to more of our treasured places across our state. But if enough of us speak out, we can make sure our parks and forests are protected from fracking. Environment Colorado is calling on our federal officials to:
- Keep fracking out of our national forests and away from our national parks and drinking water sources; and
- Close the loopholes exempting fracking from key environmental laws—especially the one exempting billions of gallons of toxic fracking waste from our nation's hazardous waste law.
Together, we can win
Our federal officials have the opportunity to step up and keep places like White River National Forest and Mesa Verde protected from this dirty drilling in or around them—but the oil and gas industry is working to block their action.
With your support, we can get our elected officials to do the right thing for Colorado's parks and forests.
Protect White River National Forest, Mesa Verde and more.
- Drilling is being considered in or near Mesa Verde National Park, the Roan Plateau, White River National Forest and Dinosaur National Monument.
- In the past five years alone, more than 2,000 leaks and spills have occurred at fracking operations in Colorado.
- Our members support our research and advocacy that wins results for our environment—like our recent
victory to keep wind power going strong in Colorado.