Ahead of Testimony, Coalition Issues Statement on NEPA Changes

“Current NEPA procedures have long provided a critical mechanism for ensuring that the National Park Service fulfills its mission to conserve parks unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations. And a key factor in making good decisions that protect parks has been strong citizen involvement.

The administration’s proposed changes to NEPA will hinder involvement from the public and park management. They place the continued preservation and protection of our natural and cultural resources at risk. There is a political motivation here, one that benefits development and the oil and gas industry, many of whom are Secretary Bernhardt’s former clients, at the expense of our parks and the American people.

We strongly condemn the proposed changes to the NEPA regulations.”

Phil Francis
Chair, The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks