Today, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet introduced two bills to tackle the growing orphaned oil well crisis in the short and long term while restoring robust public participation and Tribal consultation during decisions about whether public lands should be leased for drilling. Underlying these crises is the outdated federal oil and gas leasing system, which for decades has failed to protect communities and public lands.
Following the introduction of Senator Bennet’s bills, Coalition Chair Phil Francis issued the following statement.:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has reinvigorated America’s passion for national parks and the great outdoors. Recognizing both the economic and cultural significance of our country’s public lands, Senator Bennet’s new bills will bring badly needed reforms to our current oil and gas leasing system, prioritizing public input and ensuring that oil and gas companies clean up after themselves and treat our parks and lands with respect.”