Substantial economic costs are likely to occur if air quality in the areas surrounding BLM lands continues to deteriorate as the result of proposed actions and developments such as increased oil and gas exploration and production.
Oil and gas development is often touted as the economic driver of rural western communities, in spite of the important economic role of amenity-based development, which includes retirees, entrepreneurs, recreation, tourism, and hunting and fishing.
Locking up the land. Endangering our economy. Limiting jobs. That is what a few squeaky wheels would like you to believe are the impacts to our communities from national monuments and added protections for America’s great open spaces.
Many of our treasured western wild lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management are at risk to destructive development as a result of Bush administration's 2003 "No More Wilderness" policy and the recent funding limitation on Secretary Salazar's Wild Lands policy.