Earthjustice: This Rights-of-Way Bill is All Wrong – Stop the Public Lands Giveaway

October 24th, 2006 4:44 pm by Kelly Garbato

Via Earthjustice:

This Rights-of-Way Bill is All Wrong: Stop the Public Lands Giveaway

Representative Steve Pearce (R-NM) has recently introduced a bill that represents the most dramatic attempt we have seen to give away our public lands. His bill, H.R. 6298, attempts to allow thousands of miles of damaging and unnecessary new roads to be punched through our public lands, opening pristine areas all across the West to development and off-road vehicle use.

In what would be an unprecedented public lands giveaway, H.R. 6298 would undercut the protection of our national parks, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, and other public lands by granting antiquated “rights-of-way” claims across federal lands.

If passed, this bill would crisscross our public lands with a spider web of roads and development. Please ask your representative to oppose it today.

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