NPCA's Park Advocate » energy development http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:14:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Exploring the Original Oil Country in Northwestern Pennsylvania http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/ http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:18:58 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6850 This story is part of our series on national heritage areas, the large lived-in landscapes managed through innovative partnerships to tell America’s cultural history. See more stories in this series. In August 1859, Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful commercial oil well in a natural oil seep on the east bank of Oil Creek downstream […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/feed/ 0 Transmission Lines in Everglades National Park? No Thanks! http://parkadvocate.org/transmission-lines-in-everglades-national-park-no-thanks/ http://parkadvocate.org/transmission-lines-in-everglades-national-park-no-thanks/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 14:13:38 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5701 Imagine Everglades National Park, and what comes to mind? For many people—even those who have never set foot in the park—the mere mention of its name is synonymous with breathtaking, unspoiled waters. The park is part of one of the largest wetlands in the world, supporting a complex series of ecosystems, including cypress swamps, mangrove […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/transmission-lines-in-everglades-national-park-no-thanks/feed/ 0 Explore the Oil and Gas Development That Threatens Theodore Roosevelt’s Backyard http://parkadvocate.org/explore-the-oil-and-gas-development-that-threatens-theodore-roosevelts-backyard/ http://parkadvocate.org/explore-the-oil-and-gas-development-that-threatens-theodore-roosevelts-backyard/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:03:41 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4926 When a young Theodore Roosevelt owned and operated a cattle ranch in the badlands of western North Dakota in the 1880s, the landscape was a remote wilderness. Sixty years later, when the area around his ranch was protected as part of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, it quickly became a destination for travelers looking for unspoiled […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/explore-the-oil-and-gas-development-that-threatens-theodore-roosevelts-backyard/feed/ 2 The DeChristopher Effect http://parkadvocate.org/the-dechristopher-effect-how-years-of-controversy-over-drilling-for-energy-in-the-southwest-could-result-in-compromise/ http://parkadvocate.org/the-dechristopher-effect-how-years-of-controversy-over-drilling-for-energy-in-the-southwest-could-result-in-compromise/#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:34:25 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4704 On December 19, 2008, during the last few weeks of the Bush Administration, an oil and gas lease auction captured the nation’s attention. The auction took place on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at the doorstep of two of our most iconic national parks in Utah: Arches and Canyonlands. The potential […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/the-dechristopher-effect-how-years-of-controversy-over-drilling-for-energy-in-the-southwest-could-result-in-compromise/feed/ 1 6 Reasons to Act Today for Clean Air in Arizona http://parkadvocate.org/6-reasons-to-act-today-for-clean-air-in-arizona/ http://parkadvocate.org/6-reasons-to-act-today-for-clean-air-in-arizona/#comments Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:50:40 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4589 It’s no secret that reducing air pollution creates a host of benefits for human health and the environment. But what does it mean in real terms when a coal plant cleans up its act and spews fewer particulates into the air? It’s not just a theoretical question for communities surrounding the Navajo Generating Station in […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/6-reasons-to-act-today-for-clean-air-in-arizona/feed/ 1 A Transformative Victory http://parkadvocate.org/a-transformative-victory-a-qa-with-don-barger-on-progress-reducing-coal-based-pollution-in-the-southeast/ http://parkadvocate.org/a-transformative-victory-a-qa-with-don-barger-on-progress-reducing-coal-based-pollution-in-the-southeast/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:25:42 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4476 Above: The difference in pollution levels between 1990 and 2010 at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo courtesy of Colorado State University. In 2011, NPCA helped broker a historic agreement with the country’s largest power utility, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), to retrofit or retire 54 of its 59 coal-fired boilers. This agreement, known as a consent decree, […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/a-transformative-victory-a-qa-with-don-barger-on-progress-reducing-coal-based-pollution-in-the-southeast/feed/ 3 Reducing the Harmful Impacts of Oil and Gas Development Near Theodore Roosevelt National Park http://parkadvocate.org/reducing-the-harmful-impacts-of-oil-and-gas-development-near-theodore-roosevelt-national-park/ http://parkadvocate.org/reducing-the-harmful-impacts-of-oil-and-gas-development-near-theodore-roosevelt-national-park/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:58:33 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4409 “I have always said I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota.” –Theodore Roosevelt Would Theodore Roosevelt still be inspired to become America’s greatest conservationist president if he experienced western North Dakota today? The land he lived on is now preserved as Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/reducing-the-harmful-impacts-of-oil-and-gas-development-near-theodore-roosevelt-national-park/feed/ 0 Four Stops, One Destination http://parkadvocate.org/four-stops-one-destination-meeting-visionary-mom-maite-arce-in-her-quest-to-protect-and-enjoy-desert-parks/ http://parkadvocate.org/four-stops-one-destination-meeting-visionary-mom-maite-arce-in-her-quest-to-protect-and-enjoy-desert-parks/#comments Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:44:57 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=3824 It was hands-down the most impressive lightning storm I have ever seen. Last month, I was driving out of Arches National Park at night with my young boys, Vann, age 7, and Billy, age 6. Every few seconds, a magnificent strike of lightning lit up the darkened sky, exposing the towering sandstone formations of this […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/four-stops-one-destination-meeting-visionary-mom-maite-arce-in-her-quest-to-protect-and-enjoy-desert-parks/feed/ 0 NPCA, Park Ranger Group Take Fracking Message to Congress http://parkadvocate.org/npca-park-ranger-group-take-fracking-message-to-congress/ http://parkadvocate.org/npca-park-ranger-group-take-fracking-message-to-congress/#comments Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:27:44 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=3540 Earlier this year, NPCA released an in-depth look at fracking’s impact on our national parks in the report, National Parks and Hydraulic Fracturing: Balancing Energy Needs, Nature, and America’s National Heritage. Though the report’s case studies showed potentially dramatic impacts on some of the country’s most important landscapes, waterways, and wildlife species, we know that […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/npca-park-ranger-group-take-fracking-message-to-congress/feed/ 0 Video: Wild Salmon at Stake If Mines Are Built Next to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve http://parkadvocate.org/video-wild-salmon-at-stake-if-mines-are-built-next-to-lake-clark-national-park-and-preserve/ http://parkadvocate.org/video-wild-salmon-at-stake-if-mines-are-built-next-to-lake-clark-national-park-and-preserve/#comments Thu, 30 May 2013 08:52:58 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=3266 “What do we do without fish?” asks June Tracey, a resident of Nondalton, Alaska, in a new video by the Story Group. Tracey’s question is not just philosophical. Her community is closest to the site where companies are intent upon building the largest, open-pit copper and gold mine in North America. If developed, the proposed […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/video-wild-salmon-at-stake-if-mines-are-built-next-to-lake-clark-national-park-and-preserve/feed/ 0