Despite hard lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) proposes to open 98% of the Outer Continental Shelf to oil and gas exploration and development. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s comments on the proposed leasing program.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is preparing an environmental impact statement on a proposed 211-mile industrial mining access road that would include a section of road through a remote portion of Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Unless properly managed, the proposal could cause significant impacts to the area’s resources and values. Click “Read More” to see our scoping comments to BLM.
The park’s 1980 enabling legislation authorized the future construction of a road through Gates of the Arctic National Park to access the Ambler Mining District west of the park. In response to a recent request for a right-of-way permit to build the road, NPS is preparing an environmental and economic impact analysis. Click “Read More” to see our comments to NPS.
Barely 15 months after the Interior Department updated and improved its offshore oil and gas production safety regulations in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Trump Administration proposes to weaken the new requirements because they are a “burden” on the oil and gas industry. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s comments on the proposed rule revision.
A recent U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision overturned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 delisting of the Western Great Lakes gray wolf population due to major flaws in the final rule’s impact analysis. The recent delisting of the Yellowstone grizzly bear has strikingly similar flaws. Click “Read More” to see our letter to USFWS about the recent court ruling.
The Department of the Interior is soliciting nominations for the newly created “Made in America” Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee. The Committee will provide advice to the Secretary on the public-private partnerships across all public lands, with the goal of expanding access to and improving infrastructure on public lands and waterways. Click “Read More” to see our nomination.
Proposed NPS Fee Increases Are Over the Top
The NPS proposal to double peak season entrance fees at 17 of the most popular national parks is fundamentally flawed and, if implemented, will do more harm than good. Click “Read More” to see our comment letter opposing the fee increases.
In a letter to the members of the House Ways & Means Committee, the Coalition requested that the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program be retained in a reformed tax code when Congress considers H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. The introduced bill fails to include this vital federal tax incentive – a proven tool that creates local jobs, preserves historic buildings and returns more to the Treasury than it costs.
This fall, over 350 former employees of the National Park Service joined the Coalition’s sign-on letter expressing extreme disappointment with the results of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recent review of national monuments. The recommendations from Zinke – which included downsizing several monuments – came at the conclusion of an unprecedented 4-month review of over two-dozen monuments designated since 1996, which was initiated by an April Executive Order from President Trump. Efforts by the Trump Administration to remove protections from national monuments or significantly downsize them would be unprecedented and are likely to be met with a quagmire of legal challenges. Click “Read More” to read the letter sent to Secretary Ryan Zinke.
On September 29, 2017, the Coalition and the National Parks Conservation Association jointly filed a formal protest with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vernal (Utah) Field Office regarding BLM’s planned December 2017 oil and gas lease sale of parcels near Dinosaur National Monument. Click “Read More” to read the full letter.