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Our Big South Fork NRRA in danger

Of the numerous environmental regulations the current Congress is intent on tearing up is one sorely needed to protect our Big South Fork NRRA.  This regulation is a revision to the almost 40-year old 9B rule about oil & gas drilling in National Parks.  Without this revision, roughly 60% of all oil & gas operations in the National Park System could operate without permits or oversight; funding for reclamation would not be assured; etc.

A Congressional Joint Resolution, HJR 46, could quickly undo this sorely needed revision that took years of careful deliberation to develop.  The BSF is uniquely affected because, among the hundreds of units of the National Park System, it is at the top in number of sites (152 active ones) where subsurface mineral rights are owned by private companies.  Do not allow our beautiful Park to be destroyed by HJR 46!  A special horror of the Act that would allow 9B revisions to be torn up is that, once the regulation is repealed, federal agencies may NEVER pass another one that is “substantially similar.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO:  Without delay, contact your Representative* and Senators Alexander and Corker (contact info below) and urge them strongly to oppose House Joint Resolution 46 (Gosar, AZ-R), which threatens one of Tennessee’s beautiful national parks.  Identify yourself as a Tennessean and a lover of the BSFNRRA.  Our beautiful park, which so benefits the local economy, must be protected!  Our citizens, and the park staff, have worked for years to develop the fair and protective revisions of 9B regulations; do not tear them up!

*[If you live in Tennessee’s 6th district, it is especially important you contact Rep. Diane Black (202-225-4231), who is a sponsor of HJR 46.]

Senators e-mail: http://lastname.senate.gov/public/

Phone: Alexander 202-224-4944; Corker, 202-224-3344

Congressmen’s e-mail https://lastname.house.gov/contact-me

Phone:  call switchboard 202-224-3121 and ask for name


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