America’s public lands are our national treasures, but that hasn’t stopped the oil and gas industry from fracking in national forests and around national parks.
The map below shows oil and gas formations where fracking could occur (or is already occurring), and where they overlap with our public lands. To protect these precious places from fracking, we need to permanently ban fracking on federal lands.
About 20 percent of all potential U.S. oil and gas lies beneath public lands, and corporations are eager to extract it for profit. Already, fracking companies have leased over 34 million acres of public land (an area seven times the size of New Jersey), but that is just the beginning — over 200 million more acres that overlay oil and gas deposits could be fracked in the future.
Take Action to Save Our ParksIn March 2015, the Bureau of Land Management released new regulations for fracking on public lands, but these rules do not protect these lands, adjacent national parks or nearby communities from the harmful effects of fracking. Take action to ban fracking on public lands: