Cutting through one of the most celebrated hiking trails in America, the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline threatens wildlife habitat, recreational lands and the health of local Appalachia communities, while setting a terrible precedent of building energy infrastructure through our national forests.
"Today's decision is a turning point in the decades-long fight to protect the Badger-Two Medicine area of Montana." said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society. "The Interior Department recognizes that the Badger is simply too sacred and too wild to drill.
Lawmakers are bowing to special interest groups, attempting to forward the sale or transfer of public lands including wilderness areas, wildlife refuges and national forests to state and local governments.
The Forest Service recently released a plan that could protect much of Colorado’s Thompson Divide from new oil and gas leasing. For years, this spectacular area has been threatened by oil and gas development.