DENVER – Western Energy Alliance submitted testimony for consideration by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks in conjunction with a hearing on the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). The Alliance submitted testimony as it is unlikely the USDA Forest Service and Department of the Interior witnesses will acknowledge that oil and natural gas almost exclusively provide the $2.8 billion authorized by GAOA for conservation and national parks infrastructure. Alliance President Kathleen Sgamma also points out how the outdoor industry uses national parks to market their products but does not likewise contribute to their conservation and upkeep.
We’re proud that the oil and natural gas industry almost exclusively provides the $2.8 billion for conservation and infrastructure in national parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands that GAOA enabled, with coal providing a share as well,” said Sgamma. “We’re pleased that a large portion of the revenues we generate from public lands are directed into conservation and maintenance of those public lands. By providing that funding, we provide a solution to the maintenance backlog in national parks and the means to expand access to parks for all Americans, including disadvantaged communities.
Sgamma’s full testimony is available on the Alliance’s website.
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