He will probably bring ‘for sale’ signs to post on all the entrances
Zion must be one of the biggest revenue producers of all the National Parks.
Pathetic that the money from it is not used to make the improvements. This article illustrates why the NP system of the feds is mismanaged. States
generally do a much better job at maintaining parks. I say turn them over to
While I agree that money made from energy development on public lands should
returned to maintaining said land, the focus of this bill is off. The National Park Service does not allow energy development on their land. So
the money made from energy development comes from the BLM and National Forest
Service lands, which (with a few exceptions) are largely unable to charge for
access to their land and so have smaller budgets. It is great that there are
lands freely open to the public, but the National Park Service is like a luxury
hotel compared to the BLM/NFS land where this energy development is actually
taking place. It doesn't make sense to take money from development on BLM
and Forest Service Land and offer it primarily to the Park Service as if that is
the only federal land management agency. It is not even the agency effected by
the development. If they adjusted the bill to allow access to the
funding to all three agencies I would support it. The article said some money
would be allowed to go to the BLM, but it seemed limited. I would like to see
the wording on the document.
An oil rig on the front lawn of Zion Lodge would add a really nice bit of
ambience, won't it?
Zion NP is being loved to death. There is a backlog of maintenance in all Parks
caused by years of under-funding. BUT, wherever Zinke goes, Parks and Monuments
suffer.His mission is to develop oil and gas fields regardless of
what that does to our Treasures. Funding maintenance using gas, coal, or uranium
extraction facilities at Zion's borders will degrade air and sound in the
Park; destroying the reason for the Park. National Parks are the
best idea America ever had. These lands are for all Americans to enjoy; to
recall what our wild nation looked and sounded like. Have you stood by a
natural gas facility where methane, a valuable resource, is being burned off
because it's too much bother to capture? The pollution stinks and causes
disease and premature deaths. This administration's concern is
energy development. Zinke came here for the opinions of stakeholders. Native
Americans fought to establish Bears Ears and other protected (and sacred) lands.
They were ignored by Zinke. He came only to rally with development boosters.
Zinke should stay away. Utah claims it can better care for our Parks
than the Federal Government; that we can use tourist revenues to do that.
If Zinke and Bishop are behind this, you can bet there's a hidden agenda in
there somewhere that benefit Zinke and Bishop's extraction donors.
stevo123: "And where are you going to allow said energy development?"No where it is not already permitted (i.e. BLM lands); no National Parks
or Monuments. This would be a fantastic way to help make much needed
improvements to all of our public lands. It's a win-win.
America becomes more energy independent and we keep access costs to our National
Parks affordable. If we keep raising the entrance fees only the wealthy will
have access to these places.
Request to all journalists:Kindly stop using the words
"epic" and "iconic". They are so trite.Thank you.
@ Harrison Bergeron, And where are you going to allow said energy development?
"Bishop said the annual allocation would be capped at $1.3 billion over a
five-year period, satisfying concerns by Democrats that the measure will not
incentivize energy development."Come on democrats! This would be
a logical way to pay for our park maintenance.
Zion Park is overwhelmed.