Don’t Put Endangered Bats at Risk of Extinction


Target: Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Don’t allow oil and gas companies to build pipelines and drill in areas that will endanger bats.

Endangered bats could be at risk of extinction should the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approve applications from nine oil and gas companies asking for a 50-year exemption from the Endangered Species Act. This will allow the companies to extract gas in areas that are home to endangered species. The companies want to begin fracking, well development, and building pipelines in rural Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. These areas are home to one bat species that is already on the Endangered Species List: the Indiana bat. The area also has three types of bats that have been proposed for Endangered Species Act protection. All of these species will be put at risk by new oil and gas drilling.

In recent years, the bat population in North America has been decimated by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has killed an estimated 6 million bats. In order to bring back the bat population, the animals need more protected habitats. New oil and gas drilling could lead to depleted food resources, contamination in streams, and clearcutting that will remove trees that bats roost in. This will all be completely devastating for the already endangered bats.

If the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service accepts the oil companies’ applications, they will be giving them a free pass to kill bats for 50 years. Sign this petition to urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decline the companies’ applications.


Dear Director Ashe,

I’m writing to ask you not to accept the proposals you recently received from nine oil and gas companies that ask for a 50-year exemption from the Endangered Species Act. This proposal will be disastrous for the native bats of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. This includes the Indiana bat, which is already endangered, and three species of bats that have been proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

If the oil and gas companies are allowed to frack and build pipelines, it could result in bats losing the trees they need for roosting and foraging. Streams could also be contaminated by oil spills. The loss of habitat would be a disaster for the bats, who have already had their numbers depleted by white-nose syndrome.

Allowing oil and gas drilling will be devastating for the bats in the area. Please do not let oil and gas companies decimate the natural habitat of endangered bats for 50 years.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. What the hell is wrong with the idiots who run this country? We are now in total control of a party that completely ignores science so they and their owners who buy elections for them can get richer at the expense of the environment, the animals in it and the human race itself. Are they so goddamn stupid and greedy that they toss aside the FACTS that bats, bees and other pollinators are ESSENTIAL for life on this planet? That bats and the birds they are endangering help control insects?

  2. Rhona LaBruzzo says:

    Exemption????!! I can’t belive that a company would ask for exemptions. What the hell is wrong with the US is stuff like this. AN oil and gas cmpany no less. We’ve seen what they do, how dare they ask for permission to destroy more. Let these children grow nad say no.

  3. Try going out in the morning after bats have been killed and see if you can open your mouth or breathe without choking on the millions of insects that the bats would have eaten. Next time you want to harvest their guano, think twice before harming the fur on these fabulous creatures. I cannot imagine a 50 year free-for-all against any species whatsoever. We are losing and are in danger of losing so many beloved species due to human greed and indifference. Once they are gone, all of the cunning humans possess will not be able to bring them back. Coexistence not extinction.

  4. Colette Bembenek Colette Bembenek says:

    We’re in the period of the Sixth Extinction caused by humans. Even trophy hunting is not banned. Everything’s run on Greed. To our own demise it all will lead. God have mercy on the souls of the innocent.

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