Across America, government-controlled lands are leased to companies seeking to turn a profit on the fossil fuels that lie beneath. Among those lands are some national parks, preserves, forests and seashores. This slideshow looks at a few well-known public lands where drilling has been approved or is already happening. Many other parks could be opened to drilling soon.
Bill’s guest this week, Tim DeChristopher, went to an auction where the Bureau of Land Management was leasing the mineral rights for federally-controlled Utah wilderness to oil and gas companies, and won the rights to the parcels worth nearly two million dollars. He went to jail for his act of protest.