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Trump rolls back public input requirements for USBLM O&G leasing proposals near NPs

U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials have moved to lessen public input involving oil and gas development on public lands by rescinding Master Leasing Plans adopted under the Obama administration, a move that threatens the integrity and environment of national parks, according to conservation groups.

Put in place in 2010, MLPs were designed to allow communities in national park landscapes to have a say in where and how oil and gas development should occur, a release from the National Parks Conservation Association said. "The process brought local business owners dependent on park visitation, recreational businesses, the oil and gas industry, tribal and cultural interests and other stakeholders together to help identify how to protect parks while allowing development."


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