Interior Department is putting national parks at risk

Interior Department is putting national parks at risk

Joe Amon, The Denver PostThe Sangre de Cristo mountains present a backdrop for Nice Sand Dunes Nationwide Park.Re: “Monitor oil and fuel leases proposed close to Nice Sand Dunes Nationwide Park,” March 15 editorial.

The Denver Submit lately clarified particulars relating to the Bureau of Land Administration’s upcoming oil and fuel lease sale close to Nice Sand Dunes Nationwide Park and Protect. True, the proposed parcels are not within the San Luis Valley, nor adjoining to the dunes themselves. Nevertheless, The Submit ought to have acknowledged that the Nationwide Park Service boundary — and designated wilderness — runs alongside the Sangre de Cristo Vary ridgeline, as little as a “crow flies” mile upslope from the leases. Public considerations over air and wildlife impacts to a close-by nationwide park website are certainly warranted.

Such considerations would usually be examined by a radical public vetting course of. Sadly, the Division of Inside is accelerating leasing whereas dismantling public enter alternatives. In comparison with earlier 30-day remark durations, the BLM provided solely 15 days. That is woefully inadequate.

Inside’s haste is placing the general public on edge and our nationwide parks in danger.

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