National Geographic today featured a report released by Western Values Project that gives a “dishonorable mention” award to industry’s attempt to lease lands within town limits, water supplies, national parks, and even a cemetery in six states across the West.
The report, entitled “Anywhere and Everywhere: The Top Ten Most Shocking Places the Oil and Gas Industry is trying to Lease and Drill,” takes a look at some of the more shocking attempts to lease public lands for oil and gas development. The industry has nominated farms, national parks, cemeteries and even towns for wholesale drilling.
“It’s clear from this report that westerners’ definition of balance is different from the oil and gas industry’s,” said Chris Saeger, Director of the Western Values Project. “Public land managers need to hold industry accountable and make sure they look before they leap, so energy development coexists with other uses necessary for western economies and livelihoods.”
To read the report, click here.