Group says fracking could harm parks

Apr 30, 2013

An advocacy group is warning that fracking could cause air pollution and other problems in national parks.

Sharon Mader with the National Parks Conservation Association says they’re concerned that ozone from gas development in Sublette County could spread to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. She says that hasn’t happened yet, but they’re worried about the future.

“So this is basically following the precautionary principle – that we have this tremendous resource that’s of incredible value to our state, and we want to do everything in our power, collectively, to protect those resources,” Mader said.

Mader’s group recommends including the National Park Service in decisions regarding oil and gas permitting in nearby locations. They also want a nation-wide requirement for companies to disclose to the public which chemicals used in fracking fluid.