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Does Drilling on Public Lands Decrease Tourism to National Parks?

Oct 10, 2016

Visitors to New Mexico's National Parks generate millions of dollars in economic activity every year. But what happens when the lands surrounding those parks gets developed for oil and gas drilling?

In August, a public lands conservation group called The Western Values Project reported finding a correlation between drilling on lands around national parks, and decreased visitation to the parks themselves. KSFR's Jenna Marshall spoke to Joelle Marier of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, and to Chris Saeger of the Western Values Project.

Picture from a southwest road-trip travel blog: "We stayed two nights in a hotel in Carlsbad, NM. The faint odor of hydrocarbons permeated the air, due to the large number of oil and gas well(s) in the area."
Credit http://arkusinski.net/place/carlsbad-caverns-np/