Think your favorite recreation spot is protected from oil and gas drilling? Not necessarily. In fact, all public lands, including national parks and wildlife refuges, are potentially open to oil and gas leasing, except for areas specially designated as “Wilderness.”
This unique spot in central California, just east of Soledad, may soon become our nation's newest national park. This summer, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a proposed bill that would change Pinnacles’ status from monument to national park.