Forty-one local electeds sent a letter to Congressional leadership encouraging them to consider the implications of H.R. 4239, the SECURE American Energy Act on management of America’s public lands. This bill, along with S. 2319 the ONSHORE Act in the Senate, would transfer control of oil and gas drilling on public lands to states. This action would circumvent critical protections for our watersheds, tourist attractions and outdoor recreation assets, along with public participation requirements that currently give our community members and business owners a voice in the use of nearby public lands.
Our communities, representing 115,400 year round residents and 4 million visitors annual visitors, rely on a healthy, well managed and balanced public lands system for continued economic success.
Read the full letter HERE.