30 Apr '12, 2pm

New York Times: Will Oil Extraction Harm Western Parks? #nationalparks

New York Times: Will Oil Extraction Harm Western Parks? #nationalparks

As the public comment period ends this week on a proposal to develop oil shale and oil sands in vast areas of the Rocky Mountain West, conservationists are making a stand on behalf of the area’s national parks. The National Parks Conservation Association , a 90-year-old organization, is concerned that eight national parks and monuments are at risk from energy development of this type and scale. Michael Benanav for The New York Times Rafters enter the Split Mountain Canyon on the Green River at the Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado. The Bureau of Land Management is considering whether to open roughly 2.3 million acres of land in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming to these two types of energy development, both highly controversial because of their environmental impacts. Oil shale is fossilized algae trapped inside rock that must be mined, ground up and heated to 9...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/30/will-oil-extrac...

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