Statement of support for H.R. 3225, Restoring Community Input and Public Protections in Oil and Gas Leasing Act by Phil Francis, Chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks.

Release Date: 10/15/19

“Oil and gas development damages national parks across the country. And the threats posed to our National Park System have only increased as the Department of the Interior has pushed the Bureau of Land Management to lease more often and with less environmental analysis. We know that oil and gas development is a dominant use of our public lands and has been for decades. But this use cannot be at the expense of conservation and recreation, and the American people must have an opportunity to comment on the decision-making process.

H.R.3225, would go a long way toward fixing a broken federal oil and gas leasing system. It will help protect our natural and cultural resources and improve transparency. We are urging members of Congress to support H.R. 3225 and ensure that our national parks and public lands are properly protected and conserved for the benefit of both current and future generations.”