February 11, 2010
Your Action Needed!
Wildlands and Wildlife Under Attack
The BLM needs to hear from you by February 15th.
Your voice is needed to protect unspoiled wilderness and wildlife in the high desert
of Nevada from a proposed natural gas pipeline.
Young pronghorn © Jim Yoakum
Northwestern Nevada contains some of the most intact wild
country in the sagebrush sea; it is home to pronghorn, sage grouse, pygmy rabbit, pika,
eagle and many, many more creatures that depend on a healthy and undeveloped sagebrush
community. An out-of-state gas company (Ruby Pipeline LLC) wants to cut a swathe of
destruction through wildlands between the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge and the Black Rock
Desert National Conservation Area as part of a 675-mile natural gas pipeline.
Sage grouse © Jim Yoakum
Whats at stake? Some of the most-remote, wild country left
in the state and some of the best un-fragmented habitat for sage grouse and pygmy
rabbit in Nevada. Both the pygmy rabbit and the sage grouse are
being considered by the federal government for listing under the Endangered
Species Act (in large part because of lost, fragmented or degraded habitat).
Key to keeping this living landscape intact are the Warm Springs
and Ten-Mile Wilderness Inventory Units.
They provide critical wildlife connections between the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge
and the Black Rock Desert NCA. They harbor sensitive springs and riparian areas,
"Category 1 sage-grouse habitat" and rich cultural resources. These areas
also provide fabulous opportunities for backcountry recreation and solitude.
The proposed pipeline would be built directly across these
potential wilderness areas.
In addition, the adjacent Summit Lake Indian Tribe vehemently
opposes this pipeline and the potential impacts to their people and culture.
Protect wilderness: use these points to tell
Do not approve a Ruby Pipeline right-of-way that would
cut through and destroy wilderness values in the Warm Springs and Ten-mile Wilderness
Inventory Units (and thereby disrupt wildlife routes between the Sheldon National
Wildlife Refuge and the Black Rock Desert National Conservation Area). The loss of
wild country here can not be mitigated.
Do not approve any right-of-way for the Ruby Pipeline
at this time. Make a decision AFTER a final ruling on potential listing under the
Endangered Species Act for both the sage grouse and the pygmy rabbit. This project
will make the plight of sage grouse and pygmy rabbits even worse.
The EIS cumulative impact analysis is inadequate. Before
approving a right-of-way for the Ruby Pipeline, there must be a comprehensive
statewide cumulative impact analysis based on all of the currently proposed and
likely to be proposed rights-of-way (pipelines, transmission lines, etc) that affect
sage grouse and pygmy rabbit habitat, particularly in light of these species'
potential listing. The BLM cannot look at impacts to these species one project at
High value cultural resources are still being impacted
and the objections of the Summit Lake Indian Reservation are being ignored.
Please send the BLM an email now at:
Or you can send a letter expressing your concerns to:
National Project Manager
Bureau of Land Management
c/o Price Field Office
125 South 600 West
Price, Utah 84501
Note: The BLMs Wilderness Characteristics Assessment for the
proposed pipeline (Appendix W) can be viewed as a PDF by
The BLM has more information at:
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