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IN THE NEWS: Park Service Director Pulls Back Criticism of Hydraulic Fracturing

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Washington, December 2, 2013 | comments

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“I have requested that the comments be withdrawn from the record,” Mr. Jarvis [NPS Director] said in the letter, dated earlier this month, in which he said nobody “from management” at the agency or at the White House Office of Management and Budget ever reviewed the document before it was submitted.

National Journal:
Park Service Director Pulls Back Criticism of Hydraulic Fracturing

Washington Times:
Park Service pulls objection to fracking; used op-ed instead of scientific evidence


  

Park Service pulls objection to fracking; used op-ed instead of scientific evidence

By Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times

November 26, 2013

The National Park Service has officially withdrawn a controversial document objecting to fracking, scrubbing the record and acknowledging that it broke its own rules on sticking to strict science in its zeal to pressure a fellow federal agency.

The embarrassing admission, which came from Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis in a letter to Rep. Rob Bishop, said the comments never should have been submitted, went out without his review, and shouldn’t have cited a New York Times op-ed as scientific evidence.

“I have requested that the comments be withdrawn from the record,” Mr. Jarvis said in the letter, dated earlier this month, in which he said nobody “from management” at the agency or at the White House Office of Management and Budget ever reviewed the document before it was submitted.

Mr. Jarvis didn’t acknowledge that the science his agency relied upon was bad, but Mr. Bishop said withdrawing the document is a tacit admission that the Park Service was “misleading” Americans.

“It concerns me that the National Park Service attempted to pass off unsubstantiated information as ‘science,’” the Utah Republican said. “This thinly veiled attempt to vilify energy production and hydraulic fracturing on our public lands illustrates a shared agenda between the administration and anti-energy special interest groups.” …continued here

 

Park Service Director Pulls Back Criticism of Hydraulic Fracturing
By Clare Foran, National Journal
November 27, 2013

 

The National Park Service is withdrawing public comments submitted in response to a draft proposal of regulations for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, proposed by the Bureau of Land Management following conservative attacks that the comments, which criticized the drilling technique as a possible health and environmental hazard, were unfounded, according to The Hill.

When NPS formally commented on the BLM's proposed fracking rule in August the agency cited an op-ed written by Cornell University Professor Anthony Ingraffea, which raised the possibility that fracking is a contributor to global warming because it releases methane gas.

This sparked pushback from oil and gas industry groups and conservative lawmakers who charged that the op-ed was speculative rather than scientific. In September, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the House Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee, wrote to Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis calling the comments inconsistent with the agency's scientific-integrity policy and asking the director to defend the response.

In mid-November, Jarvis wrote to Bishop with notice that the park service is formally withdrawing its previous comments on the rule.

Jarvis claims, in the letter, that the agency did not intended to submit the comments and that they were not properly vetted internally.

Bishop responded to the news with an attack on the administration… continued here

 

Additional stories:

PARK SERVICE WITHDRAWS COMMENTS ON BLM FRACKING RULE (Energy and Environment News)

PARK SERVICE CHIEF WITHDRAWS ‘FRACKING’ COMMENTS (The Hill)

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE WITHDRAWS 'INAPPROPRIATE' COMMENTS ON PUBLIC LANDS FRACKING RULE (Huffington Post/AP)

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE MAKES ANTI-FRACKING COMMENTS, THEN TAKES IT ALL BACK (Salon)

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE CITES ANTI-FOSSIL FUELS NYT OP-ED AS ‘SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE’ (Daily Caller)

ANTI-FRACKING SCANDAL: MORE JUNK 'SCIENCE' (Tribune Review)

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