Tell the Government To Improve Their Fracking Rules to Protect Parks
NPCA’s recent report on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) recommended ways in which the federal government can protect our National Park System while continuing to develop our country’s energy resources. Now you can help make those recommendations a reality by telling the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to include more protections for national parks in their proposed fracking rules.
The BLM is only accepting comments through the Regulations.gov website. Here’s how you can submit your comments:
- Click here and fill out the necessary information (this link takes you to the regulations.gov website).
- Add your personalized message about the draft BLM fracking rule in the “Type A Comment” box. Talking points and sample text for your comment is provided below.
- When you’re finished, make sure to click the blue “Submit” button on the lower right of the form.
Talking Points/Sample Comments
I’m writing about the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed rule regulating the use of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") on federal and tribal lands. I care deeply about America’s National Park System and am concerned that increased oil and gas development could harm the water, air, wildlife habitat, and visitor experience at national parks where oil and gas is booming. I hope that the BLM rule is strengthened to protect national parks and their visitors, natural resources, and wildlife.
Specifically, I want to the rule to be amended to include the National Park Service (NPS) as a formal cooperating agency wherever there is leasing or drilling that may harm national park resources. Presently, NPS has very little say on drilling that occurs near its borders, which means BLM does not learn about impacts to National Parks directly from those whose duty it is to manage the resources.
Additionally, please amend this rule to require drilling companies disclose more of the chemicals they use in their fracking formulas, and do disclose this information before drilling begins, not after. The possibility that fracking chemicals or waste products may spill or could otherwise contaminate waters that run through national parks is a very serious concern. To ensure that parks are protected, please also include provisions in this rule that increase the amount of air and water monitoring that drillers must do when they operate near parks.
National parks are our most treasured places. They can and must be protected as America develops its energy resources. Thank you
For other ideas on information you could include in your comments, please read NPCA’s report on fracking near national parks.