While there are some lands that are appropriate for oil and gas drilling, others are simply too wild and fragile for industrial development. Oil and gas development can lead to:
- Habitat fragmentation and disturbances in migration, breeding and foraging habits of wildlife
- Pollution of air and water through daily operations
- Toxic oil spills
- Noise pollution
- Spoiled beauty of scenic areas
The Wilderness Society is committed to making sure that oil and gas development is done safely and responsibly, while making sure our most pristine and treasured landscapes are protected.
Our government allows oil and gas companies to drill on the wildlands that belong to all Americans. When not done responsibly, or when allowed to take place in sensitive habitats, drilling can do lasting damages to these wild places. We work to ensure that any development on our public land is safe and responsible.
Laws passed through Congress have established a framework for managing our public lands. These laws allow us to use our lands for various uses without harming the environment.
The oil and gas development process on public lands is in place to decrease environmental harm in surrounding areas. The water, air and habitats need to be kept clean and the oil and gas drilling needs to be kept to the smallest footprint possible. The federal government has important policies in place to ensure this occurs.
This page has answers to some frequently asked questions about our work on oil and gas issues.
Stay current on legislation moving in Congress, issues affecting wilderness and wilderness designation campaigns with our Notes from the Hill.
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Find fact sheets, reports and other resources related to wilderness policy and conservation.