Say No to Drilling Near Dinosaur National Monument

Imagine pulling up to a national park visitor center and seeing oil and gas drilling in direct view. That’s exactly what could play out in Dinosaur National Monument if a new proposal by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) goes through. The BLM is currently considering leasing 5,000 acres of land adjacent to the Monument and near the Green River for oil and gas development.

Say No to Drilling Near Dinosaur National Monument

“One of the proposed leases would butt up against the western boundary of the monument renowned for its paleontological treasures and wild rivers, while another is within sight of Dinosaur’s visitor center and fossilized bone exhibit hall,” according to reporting from National Parks Traveler.

Not only would the drilling impact the park’s visitor experience, the impact to the area’s natural and cultural treasures, air and water quality, as well as wildlife could be significant.

O.A.R.S. representative, Steve Markle stated: “There’s no doubt these leases would have a visual impact on park visitors, but they could also contribute to light pollution at night, water pollution, increased dust and noise from heavy truck traffic, and air pollution. We agree with Dinosaur Superintendent, Mark Foust, that oil and gas activity in the Uintah Basin is a primary contributor to these wintertime ozone exceedances. Anyone who has spent time in the Basin in the winter can tell you that poor air quality is a real issue.”

If the proposal moves forward, the parcels being considered would be put up for auction in December. Right now, however, BLM’s Vernal District Office is taking public comment through July 24 on a draft environmental assessment that includes the parcels near Dinosaur National Monument.

A similar proposal near Zion National Park was recently retracted by BLM after they received and reviewed more than 40,000 public comments.

If you would rather not see oil and gas drilling near the world-famous Carnegie Fossil Quarry, or are concerned about the fate of the Green River like we are, please speak out today.  As we saw with what played out near Zion, your voice does matter in the protection of our wild places.


  • James Austin

    I saw this area and display in 1997. It is very impressive and a wonderful part of the park
    system. There is no reaso to defile it with drilling. There is plenty fossil fuel available and the public wants clean energy and transportation. Drilling only fills the coffers of the greedy who want to maintain our dependence on dirty fuel.

  • Beverly Burke

    Please add my voice to those against the proposed drilling ANYWHERE WITHIN 200 MILES of Dinosaur National Monument. I have been fortunate to spend many days in and around the Monument and found it to be awe inspiring, educational, and soul soothing. Let
    me know what I can do as an individual to protect all our national natural treasures.

  • Barbara Maher

    As a birthday present, 3 of my friends took me to Dinosaur National Park and for a white water trip on the Yampa River, the last free flowing tributary that feeds into the Green and then the Colorado. That is an extraordinary part of this country. The vistas from the park were breathtaking. I have trouble imagining heavy equipment of all sorts rumbling around that beautiful countryside – never mind the damage to the rivers. Sleeping on the river banks with stunning views of the sky is a memorial experience. Oil and gas drilling will pollute the view, the water and the quiet. Children from all over the world come to see where the dinosaurs lived. They should not be subjected to any pollution that can be prevented. Please don’t allow these parcels to be developed. We owe it to the dinosaur lovers and river lovers of the world to keep this place pristine.

  • Suki D

    I am so shocked that the idea of drilling in a National Park or any other protected land has even been up for grabs.
    I do not support oil and gas drilling at all, zero, stop it!

  • Annette

    I, too, do not want to see any oil drilling or physical defacing anywhere near (closer than 100+ miles from park). The thought of seeing the physical hardware, the possibility of interfering with any natural wonders would be a disaster. Please include my voice in the movement to stop this from happening.

  • Ulrike Silkey

    absolutely NO DRILLING near any parks and if drilling is required make sure to keep teh water clean and nature intact

  • Nina Gegenheimer

    The fact that this is even being considered at all is heartbreaking. If we do not put a stop to this, there will be very few places in nature where people will be able to go that are unspoiled. We can not and must not put growth, technology and profits above the value of our history, our land, our environment, and our people. We visited Dinosaur National Monument with our young children over 25 years ago. It was one of the highlights of our trip out west, along with Zion, Bryce, and the Grand Canyons. We need to save and honor the beauty of nature in our National Parks now and always.

  • Eunice Albright

    Oh No!!! We have little enough family entertainment in the outdoors. Please do not spoil our beautiful National Parks..

  • Aimee L.

    Please don’t do this, they has got to be other places away from national parks to do gas & oil drilling. If we keep encroaching on national parks there won’t be any left!