If they can present a method and science to back themselves enough showing how they will drill without destroying or damaging anything in the national parks then let them. Otherwise, they should not be allowed to drill. We should write this standard into law that they will be allowed only if a jury composed of people with the relevant science credentials who are prohibited from economically interacting with the oil companies as a condition of being a juror reviews the evidence and says that there is a real guarantee of safety on penalty that if something bad happens they will all go to jail.
Our national park system needs greater funding to protect its existing lands and to expand it's resources. With the current fiscal deficit trends it can not be expected to get the needed funding from the government. Partnership with business can achieve thoughtful goals on many levels for future funding and protection of park land resources. Business opportunities within park lands can be clean, sustainable and beneficial to our entire park system.
Our national park service should step up to the opportunities of creating partnerships with business rather than creating blanket policies against business, which currently includes policy in opposition to organic farms, mari-culture and sustainable fishing in parklands.
The goal of any well run business is to protect and improve it's available assets. It is untrue that business is disrespectful of the park lands or unable to contribute to the growth and protection of our natural resources if given the opportunity. Limited, carefully managed, sustainable business opportunities within U. S. National Park lands should be part of the National Park Service mandate.
The oil companies should be able to drill in national parks if there is a system to guarantee the oil company will pay for any damage caused by an accidental oil spill. The oil companies are getting much better with technology about running safer operations that have minimal impact on the area around the actual drilling site. And we need all the oil that they can produce.
The purpose of a national park is to preserve the nature inside of it's bounds. Nothing is perfect and just because a company can come up with arguments to support their agenda, does not justify what they could potentially do. This being the long term effects which are unknown. Money should not drive this argument!!! The environment should!!!!
Basic understanding of the purpose of the invention and protection of our country's national parks says that their wilderness and nature are meant to be preserved for the enjoyment of this and future generations. Let some drilling occur in our national forests or other government owned land if (current) science deems it will not damage the land. The national parks are meant to be kept as intact as possible. They are not only a place where citizens can go to enjoy a separation from the impacts of society and civilization, but also a grand experiment to keep some part of our nation's nature as untouched by humans as possible.
The national parks worldwide are for the protection of animals, some of which have been brought to the brink of extinction by the avarice of companies and mankind for their own quest for wealth. Just how much money do people want, whether on land or sea our creatures must be protected.
Oil companies should not be allowed to drill in US national parks, I do not care how much cubic feet of shale gas is located four empire state building below the surface of that land. I care about the biodiversity in the area, the safety and protection of the habitat, and the ability for species to thrive in that area. We do not know all the benefits we can in the future receive from these various species, putting a process such as hydraulic fracturing which has been connected to leakage accidents affecting animals so negatively that they die from drinking the water in their area. Hydraulic fracturing needs to be more safe for us and for our environment just as the rest of our energy needs to as well. I know that we need energy as a country, but we need our other animal species more. Why? Because not only is it ethical to protect these creatures, these many keystone species make the habitat livable for US!
It's pretty obvious that we're not running out of oil any time soon, so why should the burden of supplying the oil craze go unto the shoulders of our national parks? It just seems fairly counter-intuitive and counter-productive to me. Why waste resources building the machinery and technology necessary to drill horizontally into the national parks, when one could so simply drill downward in another location? But even then, it's not needed. The amount of oil being produced by oil refineries around the world far exceeds the amount of oil we need internationally to stay a functioning, petroleum-based society.
The environment is wrought by mother nature itself. We need to find a new resource instead of using oil, energy, and people's time. What would happen to the endangered species if we were to drill on their homes? They would become extinct! We need to preserve the land not destroy it.
Drilling into national parks definitely will affect the animals, plants and history of the park. Even if they rebuild it, the national park wouldn't be like what it was before.Drilling definitely will cause a huge amount of damage to nurture. Say no to drilling and yes to saving and building more national parks.
The oil could cover the animals and make them sick or even suffocate them. It would also destroy their habitats, forcing them into a foreign area. In severe cases it could even lead to extinction for animals in lower numbers, like bears. This drilling could change the world dramatically, and I don't think that the human race is ready for such a change.
They should not be allowed to drill in national parks. Here in Nova Scotch, they have changed our beloved Sable Island into a national park so they can drill for oil and that's just dead wrong. We need to protect the environment and wildlife and I'm not sure even a wildlife sanctuary would stop it......help, corporate greed is prevailing and needs to be stopped.
National Parks are set aside to keep them as pristine as the day they were declared a park. I want my kids and grandkids to be able to go somewhere there is no cell service, just wilderness with the animals in their natural surroundings so they can see how things were and should be.
Because it's bad for our environment. we have to protect and preserve our wilderness. John Muir worked hard to establish National Parks in 1872 and our generation must work hard to protect them so that animals' habitats are saved. Our parks are used by millions of people who respect the land and are careful.
National parks are something for enjoyment, and to preserve nature! How would you feel if you were walking through Yellowstone, and saw an oil drill pumping oil, in the middle of all the beautiful nature? I think that we need to find a more sustainable energy source, like Anonymous below me said!
The drilling of oil in US National Parks could result in the loss of many species! However, the damage done with offshore drilling could be even greater. Therefore, we should focus on finding a more sustainable source of energy to REPLACE OIL. Water is one option, solar is another, but there are many other options that have not yet been explored. By relying on oil, we have made our societies unsustainable. WE MUST FIND AN ALTERNATIVE!
Allowing oil companies to drill in US National Parks is setting up our nation for disasters worse than the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. These parks are protected by the government for a reason, and drilling in them could potentially cause irreparable damage to already endangered animals and habitats.
Off-shore drilling for oil is far more likely to net positive returns, and there is no reason in the world to encroach on National Parks to drill for oil. This country needs to shed its dependence on foreign oil, but drilling in National Parks is not the solution. Alternative energy sources, such as solar, wind, and even nuclear, must be explored to bring the USA into the 21st century.
There are fewer and fewer natural areas on the planet today. This causes a problem for global warming, and also the extinction of animals. It is because of this, that we should not allow oil companies to drill in U.S. National Parks. We need to save these places. There should be a way to find another means to get this oil out.
Let us not forget what just happened with BP and that huge oil spill and how long its taken them to clean it up. The US national parks are treasures and we should do everything to keep them. Drilling would not only spoil it but you never know what could happen if ever there was a leak. Why don't we find a different source of energy.
We need to focus on renewables. Not only will drilling fragment natural habitats, disrupt important migration routes, and pose health hazards to eco-systems, the amount of oil will be trivial and not available for about a decade.