Assemblyman Watts calls on Congress to protect Ruby Mountains

Assemblyman Watts calls on Congress to protect Ruby Mountains

Here are some excerpts from a letter I submitted to the Las Vegas Sun and Elko Daily Free Press:

"I’d like to thank Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto for leading the charge to protect the Ruby Mountains, one of the most beautiful places in Nevada — and one at risk of oil and gas leasing.

...Last year, I spent four days backpacking the Ruby Crest Trail, experiencing the area’s majesty. I can’t imagine those priceless views marred by wells and service roads.

...Drilling in these pristine spots would hurt outdoor recreationists who love the hunting, fishing, hiking and other recreation opportunities Nevada offers. This is the only place in the state where you can find game like the mountain goat and Himalayan snowcock. The Ruby Mountains draw visitors from around the globe, boosting the economies of nearby counties.

Also, we cannot continue to harm lands of significant value to Nevada’s tribal communities. The Te-Moak Tribe of the Western Shoshone, who once lived at the foothills of the Rubies, are opposed to the lands being leased; their histories, medicines and lifestyles would be gravely affected by drilling."