U.S. Forest Service withdraws consent for land auction that would include East Texas forest land

U.S. Forest Service withdraws consent for land auction that would include East Texas forest land
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Davy Crockett National Forest is a popular spot where Deep East Texans come to enjoy recreational activities and take in the beauty of nature.

It was also part of over 30,000 acres of national forest land slated for a Bureau of Land Management auction on April 20, where the land would be used for oil and gas extraction.

Around 28,000 acres of that land was located in the Davy Crockett National Forest.

The National Forest Service withdrew their consent to the auction on Friday.

However, environmental agencies weren't going to let this happen without a fight.

The Center for Biological Diversity, The Lonestar Chapter of the Sierra Club, and others, including Deep East Texas' very own Resilient Nacogdoches, teamed up to to write a letter to federal offices on Feb. 9. They called for a stop of the sale, claiming fossil fuel exploration would result in pollution to water, natural habitats and species, and other environmental problems.

Cyrus Reed, the conservation director of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club stated that  Texans already suffer from too much air pollution, too many spills, too many earthquakes, too many failed casings, and too many traffic accidents because of the fracking of private lands throughout Texas.

The letter also asked that the auction be postponed because federal offices didn't give enough time for the public to comment on the proposal.

The Texas Forestry Service did not postpone the auction, instead they withdrew consent entirely.

The entire national forest land amount for the auction was 36,000 acres, including land in Oklahoma and Kansas.

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