Sec. Zinke calls for more drilling at governors meeting, TWS responds

Jun 27, 2017

One of the oil drill pads at the edge of the Arctic Refuge just west of the Canning River delta.

Florian Schulz

Today, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke addressed a meeting of the Western Governors Association in Montana. In response, Nada Culver, senior director of agency policy at The Wilderness Society said:

“Secretary Zinke’s call for energy dominance is a rhetorical ploy to justify turning over as much of our publicly owned assets to special interests in the oil, gas and coal industries as possible. And make no mistake, part of this sellout includes some of our most precious shared heritage, ranging from national monuments to the Arctic. Americans do not support an extreme agenda to undo common sense, balanced protections and public health safeguards to reward the fossil fuel industry.” 

The Wilderness Society is the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than one million members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 109 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands.