Photos: Drilling America’s Heritage

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s “drill everywhere” approach leads to the doorstep of our national parks and monuments

Under Secretary Zinke, the Bureau of Land Management will offer leases for oil and gas drilling near multiple national parks and monuments

Under Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Interior Department has become a rubber stamp for the oil and gas industry. A recent analysis of 24 policy changes supported by the oil, gas, and coal industries found that the Trump Interior Department has already taken meaningful action to complete or advance 13 of them.

When it comes to managing our public lands, Zinke has tossed aside any semblance of balance and instituted a “drill everywhere” approach. In the coming months, the Bureau of Land Management will auction off rights to drill near some of our most spectacular national parks and monuments. Scroll down to see some of these landmark places that could see oil and gas development nearby.

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument | Colorado

Distance of proposed leases from boundary: Bordering
Sale Date: March 2018

Dinosaur National Monument | Utah

Distance of proposed leases from boundary: 1.3 miles
Sale Date: December 12, 2017
Update: The Bureau of Land Management sold four lease parcels that are within view of the Quarry Visitor Center and the monument’s Carnegie Fossil Quarry. Two parcels were withdrawn after objections by the National Park Service and Utah Governor Gary Herbert.

Bears Ears National Monument | Utah

Distance of proposed leases from boundary: 0.1 mile
Sale Date: March 2018

Chaco Culture World Heritage Site | New Mexico

Travis S. | Flickr

Distance of proposed leases from boundary: 2 miles
Sale Date: March 2018

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument | Montana

Distance of proposed leases from boundary: Bordering
Sale Date: March 2018

Basin and Range National Monument | Nevada

Distance of proposed leases from boundary: Bordering
Sale Date: December 12, 2017
Update: Leases bordering the Basin and Range National Monument were offered, but did not receive bids

Great Basin National Park | Nevada

James Marvin Phelps | Flickr

Distance of proposed leases from boundary: 4.5 miles
Sale Date: December 2017
Update: Leases near Great Basin National Park were offered, but did not receive bids

Hovenweep National Monument | Utah

Distance of proposed leases from boundary: 5 miles
Sale Date: March 2018