The Center for American Progress and the Sierra Club have released a series of three short video documentaries outlining threats to public lands. They profile the stories of uranium mining around the Grand Canyon under outdated environmental studies, a coal mine 10 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park that could threaten its famous night skies, and drilling in the pristine Noble Basin section of the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Watch the videos here.
Federal public lands are managed by the government on behalf of all Americans. Some of our public lands are appropriate for energy production and other industrial development, but others should instead be prioritized for values like recreation, hunting and fishing, clean air, clean drinking water, and their role in our quality of life.
The Center for American Progress, in partnership with the Sierra Club, undertook a series of video mini-documentaries that revealed three places held in the public trust that could be threatened by pending proposals to mine and drill in or around them. Grand Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and the Bridger-Teton National Forest may all be irrevocably changed if various companies’ plans to move forward with their extraction projects are approved.
The video series includes:
“A Grand Threat”
A Canadian company uses outdated environmental studies to bring uranium mining back to the Grand Canyon.
“Boom or Bust”
As a nearby coal mine threatens majestic Bryce Canyon, an age-old fight over tourism versus extraction engulfs a small Utah town.
“Too Special to Drill”
Natural gas drilling would bring an ignoble end to Wyoming’s spectacular Noble Basin and its residents’ exceptional way of life.
Special thanks go to: Bruce Gordon and EcoFlight, Pierre Kattar, Stephen Lacey
“A Grand Threat” Roger Clark, Scott Florence, Taylor McKinnon, Steve Martin, Richard Mayol, Dr. Abe Springer, Carl Taylor, Carletta Tilousi.
“Boom or Bust” Harry Barber, Steve Bloch, Jeff Brady, Matt Brown, Bobbi Bryant, Commissioner Dirk Clayson, Commissioner Jim Matson, Bruce McMahan and Lue McMahan, David Nimkin, Sean O’Brien, Kevin Poe, Commissioner Leland Pollock, Keith Rigtrup, Vince Salvato, Mayor Lori Talbot, Tim Wagner www.NightScapePhotos.com Night sky video timelapse by Richard Blake
“Too Special to Drill” Pat Burroughs, Elaine Crumpley, Stephanie Kessler, Dan Smitherman, Rollin Sparrowe, Dave Willoughby.
This series is a partnership between the Center for American Progress and the Sierra Club.