Assault Planned on Last Wild Horse Stronghold

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Despite a significant public outcry, BLM plans a helicopter round up to remove thousands of wild horses in northwestern Nevada, an area called the Calico Complex in a remote and starkly beautiful landscape of volcanic outcrops, steep canyons and wide valleys. It is home to over 3,000 wild horses and represents the last stronghold of the once large herds of American mustangs that roamed the west by the millions.

The attack on Calico is scheduled to begin in December and continue through the dead of winter…. (continues here)  *please note correction that  total herd complex area is 542,100 acres, not 1.5 million- our apologies for this inaccuracy.

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56 Responses to “Assault Planned on Last Wild Horse Stronghold”

  1. Louie Cocroft Says:

    PERHAPS THE PROTECTION OF OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS AS WELL AS THE OUR TAX MONEY THAT IS SUPPOSED TO HELP CARE FOR THEM SHOULD JUST BE MOVED OUT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. WE ARE JUST NOT GETTING ANYWHERE WITH THIS DEPARTMENT–TIME FOR SOME FRESH, NEW IDEAS AND PEOPLE.

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      This thought has been expressed also by others as frustrated by their lack of transparency and responsiveness. You are not alone.

  2. Louie Cocroft Says:

    PLEASE FORGIVE TYPING ERRORS–IT IS MUCH LATER THAN COMPUTER STATES–GETTING SLEEPY.

  3. Sandra Miller Says:

    Dear Friends of Wild Horses and Burros,
    Here is some help to make your writing chores easier. I have sent this out to everyone on my “Friends and Relatives” list. Just write a sincere, heartfelt, emotional message to the President and then send it on (copy and paste) to all the rest of you elected representatives. Here is my example:

    Dear Secretary Salazar:
    I am sending you a copy of the letter I have just written to President Obama about the treatment of the wild horses and burros of the West on the Public Lands of the American people. It outlines my views in this matter. I sincerely hope you will take the content of my letter seriously and act expeditiously to end this travesty.

    Dear President Obama,
    I appeal to you to order an immediate end to the cruel and irresponsible round ups by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management of our American wild horses and burros. These animals, already decimated in number, are living on their legally designated ranges as given to them by the People of the United States, through their elected representatives, in the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act. These “gathers”, so called, are the result of the complete capitulation of the Department of Interior, and their rogue agency, the Bureau of Land Management, to the wishes of special interests and Corporate America (something the President knows much about through battling these forces while attempting to achieve historic health care and energy legislation).

    The proposal made in October by now Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, to turn the wild horse and burro herds into non breeding and non viable groups on new pastures in the Midwest and Northeast is absolute nonsense and without merit or acceptance by the American people. The wild horses and burros have a home, given to them by the American people, on our Public Lands, and those 33,000 horses and burros already held in captivity by the BLM should be returned to their homes immediately. Craig Downer, noted wild horse ecologist and biologist, has estimated that by the time the BLM finishes it evil work, there will be about one horse or burro for every 2000 football fields (one football field = 1 acre). Mr. Downer’s complete work can be read at
    http://www.wildhorsepreservation.com/resources/wild_free.html

    Please stand back, Mr. President, and consider how this situation has developed over time. Special interests, carrying their boatloads of cash, obviously did not control the destiny of this country in 1971 when Congress passed the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, or IT WOULD NEVER HAVE PASSED! Today, the BLM proceeds with its plans to empty our Public Lands of the Wild Horses and Burros without hesitation, in the face of total opposition from the majority of the American people. Just as we support you in your fight to establish new and important legislation for health care and energy in our country, so you should certainly support the American people as we fight to ENFORCE THE LAW, stop these gathers of our wild horses and burros, and return the ones held in captivity to their legal ranges. THIS IS NOT A SMALL ISSUE. This is really a basic and fundamental issue of we, the people vs. special interests and Corporate America. You will fight and we will fight. Let us fight together! PLEASE USE THE COMPLETE POWER OF YOUR OFFICE TO STOP THE EMPTYING OF OUR PUBLIC LANDS OF OUR BELOVED WILD HORSES AND BURROS.

    Yours very truly,
    Sandra Elizabeth Miller

  4. kas0859ohio Says:

    I WANT TO SCREAM! That being said, will the CF start a fund for legal fees? Court action evidently is going to be needed to stop the Calico Mtn round ups. Would a TRO be the first course of action and would it be filed in the state of Nevada or federal court? ACORN just filed a law suit in federal court against the government for cutting off their funding. Can’t “we” file legal action on a federal level rather than piece-milling legal action through the state courts? I know we want to use peaceful tactics but I think its time to get nasty. Would it be possible to file a law suit against the contractors? You would think the BLM would not want to risk their precious contractors’ safety by having the round ups in the dead of winter. I am FURIOUS about this whole disgusting situation in case you can’t tell. I am trying to get SOMEBODY’S attention from here in Ohio but I’m not having much luck YET. The ATTACK on Calico is coming soon, we need action NOW!

  5. Angela Sellitto Says:

    I am also furious. There has to be some unity in this fight. There are so many little organizations fighting this battle alone. We need to UNITE!

  6. Nora Morbeck Says:

    I sent this on to several people, some of whom had no idea that this was such a serious problem.

    What I’ve reminded people is that this issue, like so many others, is being put on the back burner while larger issues are being tackled in congress. Also, this may not be an issue that’s as close to their hearts as it is to mine.

    HOWEVER, a government that can wipe out a wild legacy like horses and burros, without blinking an eye, is also capable of wiping out any number of other important programs, legacies, issues and so on. When our leadership blatantly refuses to listen, what’s next in line on the chopping block? What else can it get away with?

    The suits in Washington need to be reminded that they’re in office to serve the people — and the people, in this case, are overwelmingly shouting “Enough is enough!”

  7. Janet Ferguson Says:

    I emailed Obama, Congresspersons from my State; Rep; and Salazar.

    Also I posted the above on every Facebook wall and discussion group I have joined that has the words, Mustang or Wild in the title.

    Also I started a discussion and posted this on the Facebook Page, The White House (English version) and have received a response from someone already who is “in the fight.” He states that there is a website location on the Sierra Club (I will get link & post it here) regarding the verbage they want entered into the bill. He said he doesn’t know if the wording that the Sierra Club wanted was entered into H.R. 1018, but states, as we know, that this bill already passed by a wide margin. Shall be back in a sec with web link to Sierra Club.

  8. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Here are James’ words from Facebook page, The White House, under discussion, Stop the Bureau of Land Management, which I started yesterday. . . .everywhere. . . . .

    Google “WH&B Siera Club” to see their recommendations dated last June. I do not know if these were included in HR1018 (the House version of the bill) but it has been passed. The Senate version of the bill is S1579, introduced by Sen. Byrd. It is ‘in committee’ by calling his office you should be able to get a current version to see if these problems are addressed. You can also google “S1579 Thomas” for a copy online, but by calling Sen. Byrd you can express your concerns directly.

    The fact that BLM is moving ahead without this mandate is of concern, and I thank you for bringing it up. Here is the link: It includes their statement and their suggestions for legislation (on H.R. 1018)

    http://nevada.sierraclub.org/WHandBArticle-comments.html

  9. Nora Morbeck Says:

    Is there any word on how much this next round up, in the snow, is going to cost?

    I’d love to see the cost posted on every animal welfare site out there, in the news and anywhere else possible so that the American people who are feeling financialy stretched to the limit can see how much Ken Salazar is asking them to pay for this so that his rancher buddies can graze their cattle.

    Also, who is the contractor?

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      There are three vacancies on the Advisory Board according to the website. Two terms expired on 11/6/09. There was another post for an advocate or something as well, that had been vacant a long time.

      Wrote to Delorme yesterday about who’s in those places now and when they should be filled or if person signed on for another term. No response yet. I wonder what their “critial mass” has to be on that Advisory Board for it to be a viable instrument for public opinion gathering? DO THEY EVEN HAVE A QUORUM? I’m going to Laura Allen with this one — right now!

    • thecloudfoundation Says:

      at $2500/horse it is over $6.2 million for processing and roundups as an estimate. Contractor is Cattoor, still awaiting estimated cost for the roundup specifically from BLM. Thank you!

      • kas0859ohio Says:

        When you say $2500 per horse; that is every animal gathered and processed in each round up? This is truly astounding and criminal! Please let us know when you get a “true” estimate from the BLM. Thank You SO much!

      • Nora Morbeck Says:

        $6.2 MILLION?! Yikes!

        Would TCF consider posting this information on press releases? Right up at the very top, where the outrageous cost of the round up is sure to get noticed?

        Honestly, I think the American public needs to know how much it’s spending. Appeal to the country’s pocketbooks.

        Also, it’s clear that a winter round up is likely to incur more costs, as several animals will be hurt (if not killed) as they’re being driven into traps. As taxpayers, we’re responsible for paying for medical treatment for injured animals, which can run into the thousands per horse.

        I’m passing along the price tag to several people and will include it in my next letters to my congressmen.

        Thanks for the information!

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        For ONE roundup? 6.2 million?

      • Nora Morbeck Says:

        Yes, this seems to be an accurate number.

        The Pryor round up, processing just under 60 horses at $2500 a piece came to the approximate amount of $150,000, according to information posted through TCF.

        So, the BLM plans to round up and process somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,500 horses in this next round up, Unless my calculator has gone haywire, that’s $6.2 million.

        AND THAT’S AN UNACCEPTABLE PRICE TO PAY!!

    • Laura Evans Says:

      Didn’t Obama just put a freeze on domestic spending? Wouldn’t an unnecessary round up count as domestic spending?

      • kas0859ohio Says:

        Laura- GOOD ONE! An Associated Press article says: “The Obama administration has alerted domestic agencies to plan for a freeze or even a 5 percent cut in their budgets…” Also in the same article: “White House budget director Peter Orszag said Friday that it is imperative to start curbing the flow of red ink in coming years…” The biggest obstacle I see is the BLM’s insistence the round ups are necessary. I just can’t believe the Mustangs in Calico are going to completely ruin the state of Nevada in the next few months or even years.

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        I WONDER ABOUT LANDRIEU’S GIVE AWAY OF THE MONIES IN LIGHT OF THE ABOVE — DID SHE KNOW IN ADVANCE ABOUT THIS?????

        IS SHE REALLY A FRIEND IN WASHINGTON?

      • jo bunny Says:

        jf. what are the give away monies of which you speak? i’ve been out of the loop for about 2 weeks…..don’t know what this refers to….

      • Karen L. Says:

        Janet, Senator Landrieu sought to restrict monetary appropriations to the BLM by passing a rider to an appropriations bill in Sept.; the rider advised the BLM to come up with a better budget within one year, and Landrieu herself spoke to the Senate floor about the taxpayers not wanting their dollars spent on euthanization or slaughter of American mustangs by the BLM. She is a friend to the horses in general, but is not opposed to the idea of sanctuaries as I understand it. She asked for a law intern from Georgetown to help and advise her as she works on ROAM through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Much of this was posted on this blog in an article from Horseback Magazine weeks ago. I will try to find a link or two and post later. Landrieu is trying as hard as anyone to make the BLM accountable and transparent as far as I am able to determine. Didn’t her office meet with TCF and Ginger for about an hour in Washington during the recent Sept. trip?

      • Roxy Says:

        Yes. And I have begun a writing campaign to White House budget director Peter Orszag of this BLM outrage against the American Tax payer.

  10. Louie Cocroft Says:

    WHEN I CALLED THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES THE STAFF WORKER TOLD ME THAT ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

  11. Lisa S Says:

    Interested “facts” from the BLM web site at the link below. The mustangs get the short end of all sticks because there is no money in it – no high-power lobbyists. We all know money is what makes the world go around.
    http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/prog/wh_b/appropriate_management.html

  12. Louie Cocroft Says:

    THE SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS WHERE THE ROAM ACT STILL SITS–THE SENATE COMMITTEE OF ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES. WE ARE STILL TRYING TO GET A HEARING CALLED ON IT, SO IT CAN BE MOVED INTO THE SENATE AND VOTED ON.

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      OH — by hearing you mean the “mark-up” sessions, are they one and the same thing???

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Oftentimes the committee has a webcam that cover the committee markup session on live webcast — even if the view doesn’t work, the sound does. I watched the markup on HR 1018 (“listened, actually”) when I could get it on computer

  13. Louie Cocroft Says:

    AT LEAST, AS OF LAST WEEK, THAT’S WHERE IT WAS–BEEN TOO BUSY WRITING SO FAR THIS WEEK TO CALL, YET.

  14. Margaret Says:

    Hey Guys I made my call to the White House this morning. The guy answering the phone didn’t even know what the BLM stands for! I had to tell him The Bureau of Land Management.

    All I can say is Yikes. This is our government? And they don’t even know what BLM stands for. Maybe this is why our calls for moritoriums keep falling on deaf ears. The people answering the phones and reading our letters and faxes don’t know what BLM means…

    Scary.

    • kas0859ohio Says:

      Margaret- Did you get the name of that uneducated person? I hope YOU gave him the EDUCATION he deserved! I would have liked to have heard that call! Yes, there are hundreds of staff members in the White House and they ALL should know what’s going on in this country. Maybe if they took some time out to read and learn about the BLM and its atrocities we could get some assistance from the inside. Surely there must be horse lovers in Washington? Let’s address some calls, emails, faxes and letters to:
      “TO ALL STAFF MEMBERS AND EMPLOYEES”

    • Nora Morbeck Says:

      Very scary.

      If you e-mail the White House, be sure to include this bit of information in the message.

      There’s no excuse for a staffer — even one just answering the phone — NOT to know what “BLM” stands for.

  15. Angela Sellitto Says:

    When I called Sec Salazar’s number the first guy said that he was “new” and then passed me off to a lady that just asked me to leave my info for a call back. Is this a tactic to ignore public comment?

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      It worked for the “new” guy at the time. . .

      Maybe we should say, “I AM CALLING TO MAKE A STATEMENT ABOUT THE WILD HORSE AND BURRO PROGRAM.

      That may work better?

  16. Morgan Williams Says:

    http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2009/11/015.shtml

    What a crock.

    • jo bunny Says:

      the guys at nz horse talk are publishing more about america’s wild horses than any american newspaper, with the sole exception of steven long’s horseback magazine!

      related to this, has anyone been following the canadian government’s proposed legislation to protect the few remaining wild horses up there???? i saw something about it last week but haven’t followed it since….any news on how it’s going there?

    • kas0859ohio Says:

      Morgan- What I want is somebody to tell is if the “appropriate management level for horses across the Calico complex is 572 to 952 wild horses” and this is the amount the BLM says the various areas can support. How can there be 3000+ horses already out there (on 542,000-acres) if the land can’t support them? Shouldn’t there be rampant starvation and a massive die off within the herds? You’d think the land would be littered with carcasses! This is such cattle crap! Again with the SCREAMING!!!

  17. kas0859ohio Says:

    Sorry about all the article quoting but I’m finding some very good info and some very BAD info. I just read on The Argus Observer Online (Ontario, OR) that actually says: “Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar is pushing the new protection mandate — dubbed the Restore Our American Mustangs Act — for wild horses.” There is so much misinformation out there, I wonder where they got such an idea? I’m going to e-mail the author.

  18. Karen L. Says:

    Janet F., Here is a link regarding my above (9:12pm) post.
    http://rtfitch.wordpress.com/2009/09/26/senate-directs-blm-to-get-new-game-plan-for-wild-horses-in-one-year/

  19. Linda Says:

    I am an infrequent contributor to the blogs, but ran across a website today I have not seen before with “some good stuff” on it and very current. Many of you may be familiar with it, but I was not. He doesn’t have much nice to say about the BLM, nor Salazar.
    http://www.wildmustangcoalition.org/

    Like many of you, I’ve written scores of letters, faxes, and emails, and today I received the first personal reply from one of my senators Michael Bennet from Colorado. He sent a page-long email addressing the problems with the BLM’s mis-management of the wild horses and burros. He was aware of the bill sitting in committee and that something needed to change, and was aware of the BLM meeting in Alexandria. There is a glimmer of hope! For the first time, I felt like someone heard my voice. I just wanted to share that.

    • Karen L. Says:

      Linda, Thank you for sharing the response from your senator—it does sound like a glimmer of hope. Maybe public interest is creating increased awareness in our officials. Awareness is a starting point for further action hopefully.

  20. Nikki Says:

    So let me get this straight…
    You scream at a round up in thefall because it is too hot…
    And then you scream that it is too cold…
    If it was spring, you would be upset that they were to tired after fending the winter, and the summer would be to hot.
    It seems the BLM cannot win here.
    You are all upset because the BLM is “running” these horses to exhaustion when they are not. These animals are allowed to move at their own pace until the very end when they are forced to run so they don’t notice they are heading into the chute.
    Before I am told to just look at how many “dead lame” horses were gathered in the Pryors, please know that those were the horses that had been chased around, but were to slick to get caught the first days, after a few days of running of course they would be sore! None of them sustained permanent damage.

    There is plenty of info out there… Remember there are 2 sides to every story. By just taking just what you have been given here without question is sad… you are not forming your own opinions… just acting like a bunch of sheep.

    • jo bunny Says:

      you’re right, nikki. we scream. we scream when they round up in the winter, we scream when they roundup in the fall, & yeah! we will bloody well scream when they round up in spring and in summer. the horses can’t scream for themselves, so we do it for them. don’t you get it, pumpkin? WE DON’T WANT THE BLM ROUNDING UP HORSES — PERIOD.

    • Karen L. Says:

      Nikki, Yes, there is plenty of info out there, and some of us try to arm ourselves with it before we open our mouths. The Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act directs the BLM to manage our wild horses to “maintain free roaming behavior” and to keep management activities at a “minimal feasible level”. The constant roundup and warehousing of these animals seems to contradict that stated purpose. The recent opinion issued by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer in August of this year supports that conclusion.

      If the BLM has nothing to hide, why not allow a moratorium on roundups? They can state their case to Congress through public hearings and provide the American people the transparency we deserve. If no wrong doing is found, then they can proceed. There seems to be such urgency to their activities, and that alone fosters suspicion.

    • kas0859ohio Says:

      Dear Nikki- Thank you for having the courage to write your opinion on this blog. I believe we all respect the opinions and views of others, even if they don’t agree with a 100% “us”. BUT OF COURSE THAT IS MY OPINION. I will have you know I spent WEEKS AND HOURS UPON HOURS researching the “Mustang situation” before I EVER posted ANYTHING on this blog or any other forum. For you to suggest that we are uninformed sheep is poor judgment on your part. Your statement/opinion regarding the Pryor Mustangs: “none of them sustained permanent damage” has yet to be determined. Horses can suffer lameness issues MONTHS or YEARS after being run on and over hard ground. Any educated horse person would know this. MY OWN opinion is wild horses may indeed need “management”. However, this management should be handled by a competent agency. That agency should have a staff with animal husbandry or similar training in wild horse behavior and NOT have a vested interest in ANYTHING but the welfare of the horses (& burros) and the land they have always lived on. What we are asking for is a stoppage of the round ups until ALL the facts can be presented, analyzed and reported to the powers that be. By an INDEPENDENT person or persons. YES WE WILL CONTINUE TO SCREAM UNTIL SOMEBODY LISTENS. Thank you very much.

    • Suzanne Moore Says:

      Nikki ~ I believe YOU are the one who has taken the disinformation you have been given and not bothered to find out if it was factual or not.

      Have you ever actually SEEN a roundup with your own eyes? If not, maybe you should listen to those who have.

      As far as the lame horses – do you own a horse? If you do, would you turn it out on an unmonitored pasture while it was lame with new injuries of unknown seriousness? If you do own a horse and would do this, you don’t need to be “caring for” any horse. If you do not own a horse, you need to educate yourself on what decent horse care involves.

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      Nikki,

      We would be screaming if the BLM put each horse on a private gurney with a downmattress and carried it to their roundup pens with a mint julep in case they got thirsty.

      The BLM is managing the LAND not the horses, and they are being unfair and are dead wrong about these removals — whether by gurney or driven by helicopter. Sparks admitted in his affidavit they were anxious to move the roundup ahead as hunting interests were gearing up for “the hunt of their lives.”

      You are right, how can they win? That is what everyone is wondering, since has been shown they are ignoring the laws governing the horses, as they administer THE LAND according to multiple use, which has been UNFAIRLY doled out (due to the negligence of our elected officials in upholding the law to protect the horses) to cattle interests (subsidized by the US Taxpayers) and other political pressures which appear equally oblivious of the fact they are acting against laws on the books that actually protect the horses.

  21. Louie Cocroft Says:

    NOTHING EXCUSES RUNNING MARES WITH YOUNG FOALS TO THE POINT OF EXHAUSTION. NOT ALLOWING THE PUBLIC TO BE THERE ALSO RAISES A RED ALERT. WE ALL DO BELIEVE THE REPORT FROM THE HUMANE OBSERVER, AND THE FACT THAT SHE WAS ALLOWED TO GET CLOSE ONLY WHEN PEOPLE FROM THE MEDIA WERE PRESENT DOESN’T GIVE ANYONE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THESE “GATHERS” ARE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE HORSES. THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE INVESTED SO MUCH OF THEIR LIVES AND EMOTIONS IN THE WELFARE OF THESE ANIMALS HAVE NOTHING TO GAIN FROM FABRICATING LIES.

  22. jan sterling Says:

    maybe a light – i was surfing and came across a new product on microsoft website called cloud – its some kind of software for servers – not for public but i thot we need all the help we can get – had already written to ford mustang about mustangs – waiting to hear back from them but i wrote to ms about cloud and told them a little bit about him and the futile efforts to try and stop blm and they wrote back and said if you are interested in corporate support for your cause – call this number – what the heck – felt if ginger could call she could tell them more about cloud – 1-425-882-8080 and call mon to friday between 8 to 5 pacific time – who knows maybe they can help

  23. jan sterling Says:

    also today at 4;30 CALIF TIME IS THAT FOOTBALL GAME ON ESPN WHERE THERE WILL BE A HALF TIME SHOW OF MUSTANGS

    FIRST TIME I HAVE TAPED A FOOTBALL GAME – LOL

  24. Sandra Miller Says:

    To kas08590h90:
    I absolutely agree with you. Not only did I spend hours researching the wild horse and burro situation, but my poor list of “Friends and Relatives” got dragged along with me as I sent them reams of material to study! I have just started posting, too. Please, someone, find that short video of the foal (Pryor Mountain round up) who was so footsore in the corral that he kept lifting his feet. Please post it for Nikki. I looked for it but I couldn’t find it. I read the blog at the time and everyone was so worried about the two foals, in particular. I cried when I saw the video. It was like that recent video of the buffalo being run, with a poor baby standing to one side with his broken leg dangling, while the whole herd thundered by. He is forever burned into my mind. I can accept (and do) the sad things that happen to wild animals living in the natural world, but WE should not be contributing to this. If you study all this further, there is a group of despicable loonies in the West who hate and scapegoat the wild horses and burros (also the bison and the wolves). Read these two books for more information about trying to run your ranch of 1,600+ acres in southern Arizona, near Arivaca, while fending off the cattle barons who SHOOT YOUR HORSES so they can use your land for cattle (this was in the 1930’s). They are “A Beautiful, Cruel Country” by Eva Antonia Wilbur-Cruce and “Arizona’s Spanish Barbs, the Story of the Wilbur-Cruce Horses” by Silke Schneider. Silke Schneider is still alive and raising descendants of Eva’s rancher strain of Spanish Barbs in Arizona. I’m sure she would sign your new moratorium letter. Sandra Miller

  25. RJ Daum RPLS Says:

    http://www.rubypipeline.com/default.shtm

  26. Sandra Miller Says:

    In regard to the Ruby Pipeline Project, is someone knowledgeable enough about this proposed project, which will impact portions of four states, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and Oregon, to explain the possible impact this might have on the legal ranges of the wild horses and burros? Why has this been posted, and by whom? Is this something wild horse and burro advocates should be concerned about? If you give me a clue, I will know what direction to go with this. I have been a researcher of natural gas matters since deregulation sent the cost of it to American consumers for heating through the roof. In fact, since 1974, in Indiana, the cost of it to consumers has risen MORE THAN TEN TIMES, which means that my new 1974 Ford Ranchero, just under $5,000, would cost more than $55,000.00 today!! (For younger readers, a Ranchero was a small truck built on a passenger car (Torino) frame.) I bring this up because since the economic crash of last fall, the price of natural gas on the market has been on the floor (hooray!). Ruby Pipeline might want to rethink this project! The company says it is the friend to have. Good! So, I know they will understand me when I say that if their project impacts the legal ranges of the wild horses and burros, they will be a very, very good friend, indeed! The best! The horses and burros have their legal rights. We rest our case! Also, the comments posted AFTER the addition of the Ruby Pipeline letter are not being posted above, although I am getting them on my web site. Please continue to post comments, as busy as I know everyone at Cloud Foundation must be. Thanks.
    Sandra Miller

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