Yellowstone/Greater Rockies

December 2010

BioGems Defenders keep ExxonMobil out of Lolo National Forest

Officials at the Lolo National Forest have agreed to conduct additional environmental analysis regarding ExxonMobil's request to bury power lines within the forest for an industrial transportation corridor. The corridor would allow ExxonMobil to haul super-sized loads of mining equipment through the forest and onward to tar sands developments in Alberta. Many local residents raised concerns about the possible noise, traffic and pollution from the project, as well as its impacts on nearby Lolo Creek and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Back in the summer of 2010, we asked BioGems Defenders to speak out against the proposal, and more than 18,000 of you took action. Forest Service officials have even acknowledged that the overwhelming response from BioGems Defenders which made up the majority of comments submitted influenced their decision to pursue additional analysis.