FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2018
CARLSBAD, NM—Today, the Center for Western Priorities launched the “Don’t Drill Our Parks” campaign with a billboard ad placed just outside of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the first of four billboards going up in four western states where national parks are threatened by oil and gas drilling. The billboard campaign, which will continue into September 2018, highlights for park visitors, recreationists, and others how destructive Trump’s energy dominance agenda is and the serious and irreversible threat drilling and fracking pose to the crown jewels of our public lands and the visitors and communities who rely on them every day for their livelihoods.
“The Trump administration continues to put our national parks at risk by opening the door to destructive drilling near some of America’s most treasured places,” said Jennifer Rokala, executive director of the Center for Western Priorities. “We need leaders who will put the people who live, work, and play on these lands ahead of oil and gas companies and special interests. This campaign sends a very clear message to our leaders in Washington: We must stop President Trump from fracking at the doorstep of our national parks.”
Earlier this year, Secretary Zinke proposed leases near Great Basin National Park in Nevada, Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, Hovenweep National Monument in Utah and Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, just to name a few. Now, more parks are being threatened by oil and gas development. Over the past few weeks, the Interior Department has proposed leases near Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado, Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, and Canyonlands National Park and Hovenweep National Monument in Utah.
For more information, visit westernpriorities.org. To speak with an expert on public lands, contact Aaron Weiss at 720-279-0019 or email@example.com. Sign up for Look West to get daily public lands and energy news sent to your inbox.