No Drilling in the Valle Vidal! sign now

We, the undersigned concerned individuals, businesses and groups, urge you NOT to develop New Mexico's Valle Vidal for coalbed methane.

The Valle Vidal is a special place to both New Mexicans and people from all over the country, who come to marvel at the Valle's magnificent scenery; to enjoy world-class sporting and recreation opportunities; and to view the Valle's abundant populations of Rocky Mountain wildlife. The Valle Vidal serves as a vital resource to the ranching and agricultural communities of northern New Mexico. In addition, 3,000 Boy Scouts from adjacent Philmont Scout Ranch utilize the Valle Vidal as part of their High Adventure Program each year.

Coalbed methane (CBM) development is known to fragment habitat, displace local wildlife populations, and destroy the scenic beauty of the landscape. CBM drilling threatens our precious water resources with known toxins and carcinogens. Such irresponsible use of our most important natural resource is unacceptable.

The largest herd of elk in the state of New Mexico calls the alpine grasslands and lush conifer forests of the Valle Vidal home. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish manage the Valle Vidal elk herd so protectively, that it is the only place in the State with a "Once in a Lifetime" elk hunt. The area proposed for CBM development is the prime winter habitat and calving grounds for the Valle's prized elk herd.

The Valle Vidal was donated to the American People as a "Multiple Use Area" in 1982, to be managed primarily for its wildlife (elk) resource, as well as for its outstanding recreational opportunities and scenic value. CBM development in the Valle Vidal would constitute a "dominant use", destroying the area's value as a wildlife sanctuary, sporting and recreation paradise, and as a community resource.

Over 6 million acres in the surrounding Raton Basin are currently under development for coalbed methane production. 88\% of our public lands are currently open for energy development. The Valle Vidal is a 100,000 acre "postage stamp" by comparison, and should be set aside and protected for future generations to enjoy.

We urge you NOT to develop this National Treasure for coalbed methane. We also ask that you protect the Valle Vidal as a National Conservation Area (NCA), with provisions to ensure the areas long-term sustainability, and to honor the "Multiple Use" intent of the gift to the People of the United States of America.

FURTHER, New Mexico has abundant clean and renewable energy sources. The total volume of natural gas in the Valle Vidal would represent an insignificant amount of energy for the country. We need to pursue the development of wind, solar and other alternative energy sources, in order to meet the growing energy needs of our nation.

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  • 16 January 2016500. Dorie H
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No Would you like to help protect the Valle Vidal? No ? there are so few treasures like this left..don't ruin another one
  • 06 January 2016499. Melissa Ez
    I support this petition
  • 04 January 2016498. Christian H
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No Would you like to help protect the Valle Vidal? No ? Scouts and Scouters across the nation will rally against the exploitation of Valle Vidal, home of Philmont Scout Reservation.
  • 04 January 2016497. Jennifer P
    I support this petition
  • 29 December 2015496. Jacob Wc
    I support this petition
  • 27 December 2015495. Ernie L
    I support this petition
  • 27 December 2015494. Jennifer B
    I support this petition
  • 19 December 2015493. Daniela Dip
    I support this petition
  • 18 December 2015492. Bentley C
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No Would you like to help protect the Valle Vidal? No ? I am a Cub Scout leader and I know the Value of Philmont. Please express our concern as parents of Scouts that Philmont needs
  • 07 December 2015491. Deborah W
    I support this petition
  • 06 December 2015490. Michael S
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No Would you like to help protect the Valle Vidal? No ? Experienced Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in 1972. This national treasure should be preserved for future generations of America's y
  • 06 December 2015489. Clifford Rg
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No Would you like to help protect the Valle Vidal? No ? My father took many groups of scouts to Philmont and valued the wilderness experience the Ranch and its surroundings provided.
  • 03 December 2015488. Michael Jt
    I support this petition
  • 30 November 2015487. Dan G
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No Would you like to help protect the Valle Vidal? No ? HEAVAN and VALLE VIDAL go hand in hand for the fantastic populations of wildlife.
  • 28 November 2015486. Chris G
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No Would you like to help protect the Valle Vidal? No ? I am an Eagle Scout that attended Philmont, and I plan to return to it in the same pristine, Thunder-storm infested way that I
  • 25 November 2015485. Alyssa U
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No Would you like to help protect the Valle Vidal? No ? The Valle is a beautiful place worth protecting.
  • 21 November 2015484. Emily A
    I support this petition
  • 21 November 2015483. Michael Scottl
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No Would you like to help protect the Valle Vidal? No ? My dad, my brother and I all went to Philmont. My dad went 5 years in a row and took me and my brother each once. My brother a
  • 20 November 2015482. Carolyn Annw
    I support this petition
  • 18 November 2015481. Veda G
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No Would you like to help protect the Valle Vidal? No ? В
  • 12 November 2015480. Terri Ww
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No Would you like to help protect the Valle Vidal? No ? My church takes its scouts to Philmont every year. This action would be criminal.
  • 10 November 2015479. Mauna R
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No Would you like to help protect the Valle Vidal? No ? treasures like these need to be protected
  • 09 November 2015478. Andrew Krystoferj
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No Would you like to help protect the Valle Vidal? No ? The Valle Vidal is deeply sacred to me. A former Philmont staffer and fierce advocate of sustainable energy generation, I beli
  • 07 November 2015477. Mary Janem
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No Would you like to help protect the Valle Vidal? No ? Please don't allow current administration to ruin a natural wild place. Most likely, Texan interests will make money on this.
  • 06 November 2015476. Barbara H
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No Would you like to help protect the Valle Vidal? No ? I just visited New Mexico and was awed by the spectacular beauty of the land. I intend to return precisely for visiting Valle
  • 04 November 2015475. Ben S
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No Would you like to help protect the Valle Vidal? No ? Philmont
  • 04 November 2015474. William W
    Have you ever been to the Valle Vidal? No Are you a New Mexico resident? No Would you like to help protect the Valle Vidal? No ? We lived just west of the Valle Vidal in Amalia for 4 years in the '70s and know what a treasure it is!

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Carlene PeckBy:
International PolicyIn:
Petition target:
Governor Bill Richardson, Senator Pete Domenici, Senator Jeff Bingaman, Representative Tom Udall, and Carson National Forest Supervisor Martin Chavez

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