Natural Places Threatened by Bush Energy Plan
WASHINGTON, DC, March 7, 2002 (ENS) - The Bush administration's plans to increase energy exploration on public lands threatens to permanently damage many of America's natural places, charges a new report released today by The Wilderness Society. The Senate is now debating a bill which would implement parts of that energy plan.
The report, "Big Oil's Energy Plan: The Cost to Our Wild Lands and Waters," highlights 18 wild lands that are at risk from the Bush administration's friendly relationship with the oil and gas industry. The report documents that with very little public debate or scrutiny, the White House has already allowed oil and gas companies to begin operations in some of the most fragile places in the country.
"The Bush Administration has made clear its intention to open up millions of acres of national forests and other public lands for oil, gas and coal companies to feast on. Even the country's National Parks and coastal waters are threatened," said William Meadows, president of The Wilderness Society. "These places provide clean drinking water, outstanding places to hike, hunt or fish, and are home to a stunning variety of wildlife. Some places ought to be off limits to drilling because they are simply too special to drill."
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