Sens. Baucus and Tester Achieve Another Victory in Preserving Glacier National Park and the Flathead River with BP’s Announcement to Retire Oil and Gas Leases

 
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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   November 23, 2010
Contact:   Michael Jamison, Crown of the Continent Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association, Office: 406-862-6722


Sens. Baucus and Tester Achieve Another Victory in Preserving Glacier National Park and the Flathead River with BP’s Announcement to Retire Oil and Gas Leases

Statement by NPCA Crown of the Continent Program Manager Michael Jamison

“The effort to preserve the beauty of Glacier National Park and the quality of the Flathead River has received a major boost thanks to the tireless work of Montana Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester. It is largely because of the senators’ dedication and involvement in this issue that BP Energy Company has agreed to give up their oil and gas leases on land totaling more than 1,800 acres.

“For the last 30 years, Sen. Baucus and, since 2007, Sen. Tester have been leading advocates for protecting Glacier National Park and the Flathead River, working to strengthen the voice of the people of Montana and to protect our national treasures from inappropriate development and pollution.

“We are hopeful that there will be even more good news in the near future, such as the passage of Sen. Baucus’ North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2010 (S. 3075), which would protect an additional 300,000 acres from mining or mining leasing activities, and for advancing the Land and Water Conservation Authorization and Funding Act (S. 2747), to fully fund and reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

“This is an important step forward in preserving both the pristine beauty of this remarkable landscape and keeping the Flathead River clean and healthy for our children and grandchildren.” 

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