In some instances, there are preexisting energy and mineral rights in park units. To carry out the Organic Act mandate, the NPS applies laws, regulations and policies to reduce the impacts of the energy and mineral activities on park resources and values. The NPS does this by carefully evaluating the potential impacts of the proposed activity or operations and adding science-informed, resource-protective terms and conditions to any NPS permits. For more information click on the links below.
Oil & Gas Development
Oil and Gas operations occur in several parks and are managed under special regulations and permits to protect park resources and values.
In 1976, the Mining in the Parks Act closed all units of the National Park System to new mining, but many earlier mines still exist.
Last updated: January 9, 2017