In Response to Executive Orders to Accelerate Approvals of Oil and Gas Projects

Date Published: Apr 11, 2019

­­Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Statement
4/11/19

In Response to Executive Orders to Accelerate Approvals of Oil and Gas Projects
Statement from Laura Belleville, VP of Conservation and Trail Programs for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

“The Executive Orders issued on April 10, 2019, fast-tracking energy infrastructure projects will have long-lasting, unintended effects both on private and public lands throughout the Appalachian Mountains and beyond. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is committed to working cooperatively with state, federal and tribal partners to identify the least negatively impactful routes for energy infrastructure, but undercutting bedrock environmental laws like the Clean Water Act (CWA) will inevitably lead to projects that cause long-term environmental damage and an unnecessary risk of water contamination.

“These Orders are counterproductive both to preserving treasured public lands like the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the economic futures of rural communities reliant on the healthy landscapes surrounding the Trail. The CWA recognizes the critical roles that states and tribes serve in managing their natural resources, and attempts to subvert the purposes of the Act are contrary to Congressional intent, as affirmed by the Supreme Court. The National Environmental Policy Act ensures that federal decision-makers consider local needs and concerns.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is committed to working with its governmental and non-governmental partners to improve current policies, but the recent Executive Orders are not the way forward.”

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy
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