The 2016 Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) draft released by Utah Representative Rob Bishop fails to provide adequate protections for scenic public lands in the state, would undermine bedrock environmental laws and threatens to despoil key public lands.
For centuries, coal, oil and gas has dominated energy development on public lands. The results have been significant pollution and a checkered history of leasing decisions putting development at odds with the stewardship of wildlife, wildlands and recreational opportunities.
Modernizing oil and gas
Advancing clean energy
Methane Waste on Public Lands – Factsheet
[ The Wilderness Society’s reaction to Secretary Jewell’s announcement today on reforming the federal coal program ]
“Today, Secretary Jewell answered a call to action from communities across the nation by taking the first meaningful steps in a generation to fix a broken federal coal program.
[ Wilderness Society Statement on President’s State of the Union Address: Focus on Climate, Energy, Public Lands ]
President Obama has done more for climate than any other president in history, and tonight he signaled his intention to align decisions about energy development on our shared lands with the nation’s climate goals to ensure America’s public resources are part of the solution.
In 2015, we celebrated a number of major conservation victories while continuing to combat a small group of ideological opponents to public land protection.