Tell Congress: Put Public Process Back into Oil & Gas Leasing

We need your help. Aggressive new oil and gas leasing policies have put climbing and other recreation areas in the crosshairs. 

In 2017, President Trump proclaimed an “energy dominance” agenda that elevated the development of oil, gas, and coal above all other uses of public land—including climbing and other recreation activities. Since then, the administration has made a number of alarming policy changes in order to cut the American public out of the decision making process to fast track energy development projects on our shared public lands, including:

  • Minimizing the protest period from 30 days to just 10 days, making it nearly impossible for communities to engage
  • Rescinding Master Leasing Plans that balance energy leasing with recreation and conservation values
  • Allowing local land managers to decide whether to circumvent public participation and environmental vetting

Enough is enough. Federal law protects our right, as Americans, to have a say in how our public lands are managed. However, the administration is rewriting its implementation of federal law for oil and gas leasing policies to silence opposition and grease the skids for energy development. Some members of Congress recently introduced a bill—Support Restoring Community Input and Public Protections in Oil and Gas Leasing Act of 2019” (H.R.3225)—to reform these troubling oil and gas leasing processes and protect public input. 

Access Fund is headed to Washington DC next month to lobby Congress in support of H.R. 3225 and other pro-recreation initiatives. We want to bring your name with us—sign the petition

Climber encounters oil rig in Red River Gorge. © Elodie Saracco