National parks are part of larger ecosystems and landscapes that include other public and private land. Activities on these lands are increasingly affecting the land, water and wildlife, not to mention the visitor experience, within national park boundaries.
The Trump Administration has made it known that they will prioritize oil and gas development over conservation and lands protection. Many in Congress are working to make the administration’s goals a reality. Congress has even tried to weaken standards that protect national parks from oil drilling within their boundaries.
Congress has voted numerous times to undo commonsense safeguards that would limit air pollution that results from oil and gas exploration. Congress has also tried to restrict federal authority to regulate oil and gas development, leasing and permitting.
National parks are no longer safe from the impacts of oil and gas development at their borders. Congress must stand up for national parks and their landscapes from encroaching oil and gas development.