|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||August 13, 2007|
|Contact:||Will Hammerquist, Northern Rockies Regional Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association, 406.862.6722|
Montana Senators Take A Stand for Glacier National ParkOppose BP Methane Project
National Parks Conservation Association Praises Senators Baucus and Tester
Whitefish, MT – The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), the nation’s leading voice for the national parks, today praised Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester for taking a stand against BP Energy Company’s plans to begin coalbed methane exploration in the headwaters of the Flathead River, which forms the western boundary of Glacier National Park.
“Senator Baucus and Senator Tester have displayed their strong leadership for Montana and the nation by speaking out against BP’s project,” said Tom Martin, executive vice president of NPCA. “The Flathead River is a pristine river vital to the economic health of Montana and the ecological integrity of Glacier National Park. BP’s proposal represents an unacceptable level of risk to the water quality, native trout, and wildlife—and all of the Montana residents that depend on these resources.”
Glacier National Park, which along with Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada forms an International Peace Park, contains beautiful forests, alpine meadows, spectacular mountains, and pristine lakes. It features more than 700 miles of hiking trails throughout the wilderness and is home to many varieties of wildlife such as wolves and grizzly bears.
Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System. NPCA, its 325,000 members, and partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation's natural, historical, and cultural heritage for generations to come.