RELEASE: Koble Opposed to Oil and Gas Drilling in the Rubies
Koble Opposed to Oil and Gas Drilling in the Rubies
Nevada's Public Lands Should Be Protected
RENO, NV -- Clint Koble, Democratic candidate for Northern Nevada’s Congressional District 2, released the following statement in response to the proposed U. S. Forest Service plan to open more than 50,000 acres of Northeast Nevada’s Ruby Mountains to oil and gas drilling and fracking:
“Drilling and resulting fracking in this pristine Nevada habitat poses risks to wildlife, outdoor recreation, vegetation, precious water resources and air quality,” said Koble. “Similar projects in other states have shown that our natural resources wouldn't only be at risk in the short term; fracking increases the risk of earthquakes and other short- and long-term environmental and geological hazards."
“The Forest Service has received thousands of comments in opposition to leasing these lands and very, very few in favor. I stand in strong opposition to this proposal, alongside Nevada's Department of Wildlife and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. Once again, this Administration is putting potential short term economic gain ahead of the environment.
“Unsurprisingly, Rep. Amodei is nowhere to be found," said Gabriel di Chiara, Koble's campaign manager. "If he wanted to see a report before commenting, here it is. Will Amodei side with Northern Nevadans who don't want to put tens of thousands of acres of public lands at risk, or will he side with big business? His constituents have the right to know."
Koble, appointed by President Obama, served as State Executive Director for the USDA Farm Service Agency. He earlier served as Executive Director of the Nevada Rural Development Council and presently works part-time for the Nevada Small Business Development Center, helping create jobs and small businesses throughout rural Nevada.