There Will Soon Be Oil and Gas Drilling in Up to 42 National Parks
By Brian Merchant / treehugger.com
Sep 29, 2012

Oil and gas drilling operations are already well underway in twelve national parks, and that number may soon balloon to 42 if the fossil fuel companies get their way.

The progressive mainstay Center for American Progress recently requested data from the National Park Service regarding current and future drilling operations. The agency complied—it outlined 42 national park sites where oil and gas drilling is currently occurring, or may be soon. Here's where they are:


Center for American Progress/via

In the report CAP published along with the data, it outlines some of the dangers of drilling:

Drilling involves not just the construction of rigs but also roads, pipelines, and other infrastructure. Toxic chemicals such as naphthalene and benzene are sometimes used in oil and gas drilling and production activities. There is also the equally real threat of spills, which are frequent both onshore and offshore. One estimate found that in North Dakota in 2011 alone there were more than a thousand spills of oil, wastewater, or other drilling fluids.

Not, in other words, the sort of stuff you want happening in the Everglades. Or the Grand Tetons. Or any number of other national parks which will soon be home to their very own fossil fuel extraction efforts.

 

These are places, after all, that were set aside for a reason; presumably because they were pristine places of exceptional public interest. National treasures, they've been called, or America's "best idea" even. Perhaps we should keep them that way.

4.0 ·
1
Featured Pay Per View Films
Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective (2015)
92 min
Within Reach (2013)
87 min
The Economics of Happiness (2011)
65 min
Trending Today
Born Sexy Yesterday: Another Gendered Hollywood Movie Trope That Needs to Die
18 min3,975 views today ·
How to Know When Holiday Drinking Is Hurting Your Brain
Jamie Smolen3,727 views today ·
87 Deeply Subversive Documentaries That Challenge the Status Quo
Films For Action3,714 views today ·
How Wolves Change Rivers
4 min1,923 views today ·
Black Snake Killaz: a #Nodapl Story (2017)
120 min1,900 views today ·
Why Use Creative Commons Licenses?
David Bollier1,384 views today ·
AI Has Already Taken Over - It's Called the Corporation
Jeremy Lent1,358 views today ·
Why Does Our Culture Focus So Much on Childbirth and So Little on The Time After?
Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett1,213 views today ·
Today I Rise: This Beautiful Short Film Is Like a Love Poem For Your Heart and Soul
4 min1,139 views today ·
Load More


Love Films For Action? 

Films For Action empowers citizens with the information and perspectives essential to creating a more just, sustainable, and democratic society.

If you feel like you get some value from this library, consider making a donation today. Every little bit helps.

Join us on Facebook
There Will Soon Be Oil and Gas Drilling in Up to 42 National Parks