The Coalition hosts its first-ever webinar to talk about oil and gas leasing and its impacts on our national parks and public lands. This episode is part of the larger ” Take Action” series, where we explore timely topics related to the preservation and protection of the parks, places, and programs of the NPS. The webinar was hosted by Amy Fehir and featured Matt Kirby, the Director of Energy and Landscape Conservation in the Southwest for the National Parks Conservation Association, Mike Murray, and Emily Thompson.
- Take Action: Oil and Gas Leasing Webinar
- Take Action: Oil and Gas Leasing Presentation – PDF slide deck.
Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks
Oil and Gas Lease Sales Toolkit
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is moving forward with public lands lease sales for oil and gas extraction, often on the doorstep of our national parks.
Oil and gas companies are getting cut-rate deals to drill America’s public lands while national parks and local communities suffer the consequences. And with public land lease sales continuing through the COVID-19 pandemic, the suggestion that groups and individual members of the public will still be able to participate in this public process is absurd – the focus of Americans is understandably on the health and safety of our families and friends. The Interior Department must immediately suspend all open public comment periods, halt oil and gas lease sales, and delay any rule and policy decisions until this public health crisis is past, said [NAME, TITLE].
- Leasing public land for oil and gas drilling near our national parks is never an acceptable option
- These oil and gas lease sales place public health and wildlife at risk, ruin scenic views and night skies, compromise air and water quality, and generally threaten the outdoor recreation experience
- Lease sales involve public comment periods which have been valuable in drawing attention to the potential risks to local communities and national parks
- The idea that groups and individual members of the public will still be able to participate in this public process is absurd – the focus of Americans is understandably on the health and safety of our families and friends
- Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, when events, businesses, and public gatherings have been closed or cancelled, the administration is pushing forward with not only oil and gas lease sales and public comment periods, but rulemakings and policy decisions as well
- Oil and gas lease sales, open public comment periods, and rule and policy decisions should be halted until a time when this public health crisis has ended