Should Montanans and Idahoans allow multi-billion dollar corporations such as Conoco-Phillips and Exxon to dictate the future of recreational experiences along the public lands of Highway 12’s Wild and Scenic Lochsa River? No! Driving the 207 300-ton loads of tar sands oil equipment to Alberta will only drive natives and tourists alike out of our Lolo and Clearwater national forests. From winter to summer, tar sands equipment could occupy scenic turnouts and impede access to majestic wilderness and campgrounds for recreation, and impede access needed to fight wildfires, and even delay emergency vehicles along beautiful, windy roads like highways 12 and 200.
Will we allow our national forests—where our children learn the thrilling and cherished family traditions of hunting and fishing, and where tourists travel for such world-class recreation—to be held hostage by the world’s wealthiest corporation, Exxon? Absolutely unacceptable.
May the forest be with you always, not the slick rhetoric of big oil. The “Last Best Place” is too good to spoil!
Melissa E. Early