On June 4, President Trump issued an Executive Order that directs federal agencies to circumvent the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in order to fast-track damaging projects on our public lands. The Order requires the Interior Department and other federal agencies to claim unprecedented emergency powers to speed up oil and gas drilling, pipeline infrastructure and other projects, by minimizing or eliminating environmental review. This is the latest example of the Trump administration exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to sideline environmental protections, public input and public health.
NEPA is the bedrock environmental law that empowers all of us to engage in federal decision making, allows us to speak out against environmentally damaging projects, and guarantees meaningful analysis of environmental impacts. Here at Wilderness Workshop, NEPA is critical to the work we do. For example, NEPA ultimately ensured that the federal agencies completed environmental analysis with meaningful public engagement on the illegally-issued oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide, allowing our local community to protect the Thompson Divide by convincing the Bureau of Land Management to cancel those illegal leases.
Rather than supporting local communities in need and ensuring the public interest is primarily served by our national response to the pandemic, the Trump administration is prioritizing more handouts to the oil and gas industry. Please call our senators and ask them to protect NEPA, which gives us all a voice in how our public lands are managed.
Cory Gardner: (202) 224-5941 | Michael Bennet: (202) 224-5852