Carlsbad Caverns National Park the Latest Target of Rushed Oil and Gas Leasing Process; NPCA

USA – Carlsbad Caverns National Park

The BLM’s minuscule 10-day public scoping comment period for the nearly 200 parcel proposal comprising nearly 89,000 acres, some of which are about a mile from Carlsbad Caverns National Park, closes tonight.

In the latest example of unnecessary, rushed processes that favor development over national park protection, 89,000 acres of land near Carlsbad Caverns National Park are under consideration for oil and gas leases. The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) minuscule 10-day public scoping comment period closes at midnight tonight for the nearly 200 parcel proposal. The BLM is considering lands including those within one mile of the boundary and many within sight of Carlsbad Caverns, a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has protested other recent lease sales near national parks including Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Fort Laramie National Historic Site, over the lack of consideration given to negative impacts of leasing and development on the parks’ resources, including areas of cultural significance and scenic vistas.

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