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Breaking News: BLM Cancel Auction of 85,000 Acres of Public Land around Moab to Oil and Gas Development

BREAKING NEWS: We just received word that the Bureau of Land Management has officially cancelled the planned auction of 85,000 acres of public lands around Moab.

Because of YOU.

Remember when we launched a campaign with Public Lands Solutions to gather public comments about the impending lease of public land for oil and gas development?

Remember when over 35,000 outdoorists added their names to the petition through our #ProtectMoab campaign?

Your advocacy worked.
Your voice matters.
We were heard.

We’re proud of you, and celebrating this big win for Moab public lands—but there are still nine parcels around Utah going for auction, a reminder that we still have much work to do. For now though, we happy dance (and then we get right back to scheming our next moves in the fight for good).

30,000 Outdoorists Speak Up to #ProtectMoab Public Lands from Oil and Gas Leasing

Last month, we learned that over 114,000 acres of land in Utah are being proposed for an oil and gas leasing sale by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Over 80,000 of those acres are located around Moab, and this lease sale could have heavy impacts on recreation and sacred land. Our team at Outdoor Advocacy Project partnered with Public Land Solutions to create a social media campaign to gather signatures for a petition by outdoor users–to support their larger movement of local Moab city officials, businesses and other concerned citizens. Check out the social media toolkit here.

Within two weeks, we gathered over 30,000 petition signatures from folks like you who want to stop this leasing sale. Here’s the petition we sent in, which we’ll be delivering to Department of Interior Secretary Bernhardt and Utah Governor Herbert:

Click here to download the full 381-page petition and find your signature.

The official Bureau of Land Management comment period closed on July 9th, but our efforts to #ProtectMoab will continue as the September leasing sale draws closer. Join us and continue following along as we share next steps and ways you can.