Tagged with Public Lands

Fracking and Parkland: Understanding the Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing on Public Park Usage

University of Florida | North Carolina State University | Florida State University http://bit.ly/1PFNVb6 The study of park users in five Appalachian states found more than a third say they would be unwilling to participate in recreational activities near hydraulic fracturing operations, known more commonly as fracking. A team of tourism, recreation, and sport management researchers … Continue reading

Onshore Petroleum and Natural Gas Operations on Federal and Tribal Lands in the United States: Analysis of Emissions and Abatement Opportunities

ICF for the Environmental Defense Fund http://bit.ly/1Cp3Clw [EDF Press Release] An in-depth analysis by ICF International estimates that fugitive and vented losses from oil and natural operations amounted to over 65 billion cubic feet (Bcf) in 2013. This gas would be worth more than $360 million at current prices. Top findings Oil and gas companies operating … Continue reading

Integrating Climate Change into the State Wildlife Action Plans

Interior Dept., Northeast Climate Science Center http://necsc.umass.edu/projects/integrating-climate-change-state-wildlife-action-plans Fish and Wildlife agencies across the United States are currently revising their State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs). These documents are important planning documents over 10 year timescales.  SWAP Coordinators have been challenged to incorporate climate change impacts and species responses as part of their strategic approaches to managing vulnerable … Continue reading

Ecosystem Services Lost to Oil and Gas in North America

Science (April 24, 2015, v348 n6233 p401-402; doi: 10.1126/science.aaa4785) / by Brady W. Allred, et al. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/348/6233/401.full …We provide a first empirical analysis to advance beyond common rhetoric and speculation of oil and gas development (6), combining high-resolution satellite data of vegetation dynamics with industry data and publicly available data of historical and present-day oil and … Continue reading

The Transfer of Public Lands Movement: Taking the ‘Public’ Out of Public Lands

Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources & the Environment, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah / by Robert B. Keiter and John Ruple http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2555922 [AP] Utah’s push to wrest control of 31 million acres of federally controlled land would lead to less public access, less public involvement in land-use decisions and more drilling … Continue reading

Frack Attack: Pennsylvania’s Parks and Forests Threatened by Drilling

PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center http://bit.ly/1wnyfTz [Wilkes Barre Union-Leader] A statewide environmental advocacy group Thursday released a study that concludes gas drilling is posing a “far-reaching” threat to parks, forests and public lands across Pennsylvania… The group’s study …lists five parks and forests that are “endangered by the threat of encroaching fracking, or have already … Continue reading