After 37 years, The National Park Service (NPS) has updated its standards for oil and gas drilling in National Parks as part of its effort to better protect parks and more strictly regulate oil and gas operations on the land the service owns.
Director of the National Park Service Jonathan Jarvis said in a statement Friday that the five-year effort is a result of the services "fundamental responsibility to conserve park resources and the values for which these parks are created for the enjoyment of future generations."
The updated standards bring 319 wells under the service's regulations and strengthens enforcement powers. Drilling occurs only in 12 of the 413 national parks.
Under the update, national parks will be better protected, and oil and gas producers will be held liable for the potential impact their operations could have on the parks.