Dear Friend of the National Parks,
America's energy demands are growing. It is becoming increasingly important that we balance our country's energy development with the protection of our special places and natural heritage.
We have an opportunity now to get closer to that balance--will you help us? (See below.)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages land adjacent to many national parks, has proposed a new rule regulating how oil and gas are drilled on some public lands. BLM’s proposal focuses on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Fracking is a drilling process where a combination of water, chemicals, and other materials are injected into the ground at extremely high pressure to fracture shale to release oil and natural gas. Learn more.
BLM’s proposal is a step in the right direction, but does not go far enough to protect our national parks.
Take Action: Tell the Bureau of Land Management today to protect parks by strengthening their proposed rule regulating fracking.
Here's how you do it.
Step 1: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=BLM-2012-0001-0001. The BLM is only accepting online comments at this website. For your comment to count, you must carefully follow the Regulations.gov form. You have 20 minutes to complete the form AND there is a limit of 2,000 characters.
Step 2: Please personalize your comments by copying and pasting the sample comments below into the Regulations.gov web form, taking the opportunity to add any personal observations or stories.
Step 3: Once you have completed all of the required/necessary fields on the form, make sure you click the blue "Submit" button at the bottom right of the form.
Talking Points/Sample Message
I’m writing about the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed rule regulating hydraulic fracturing (aka, fracking). Oil and gas drilling is occurring with an increasing frequency next to national park units. Much of this is happening on BLM-managed lands and it threatens water quality, air quality, and wildlife inside parks. I care deeply about our national parks and want BLM to protect them.
I hope your final rule is strengthened to protect our national parks. Specifically, I hope that the rule will make sure that Americans know what chemicals are being used before wells are fractured and that the water left over is kept in closed containers and handled safely. You have an opportunity to protect one of America’s finest resources; I hope you won’t pass it up.
I hope BLM will use this rulemaking to consider the broad impacts that fracking has and could have on the individual parks that make the national park system so special. When Americans visit national parks they expect clean air, healthy rivers, and abundant wildlife. I hope you will work in cooperation with the National Park Service to formally determine if oil and gas development would have a negative impact on park resources before you let industry drill. As a citizen, I expect you to work collaboratively with the Park Service to assure park resources are protected.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
It is up to us to ensure that we balance energy development with the protection of special places like our national parks. Thank you for joining NPCA in letting the BLM know we care.
Sr. Program Manager
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