USNPS knowingly & illegally approved water diversion to meet Trump priorities, watchdog group says
Washington, DC , July 1, 2019 – The National Park Service illegally approved diversion of a desert spring for a mine outside the park to accommodate “the current administration’s priorities,” according to a complaint filed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). At stake is Sourdough Springs that feeds an oasis for vegetation and wildlife in forbidding Death Valley National Park, the largest area of the national park system in the U.S. outside of Alaska.
On March 15, 2019, the National Park Service (NPS) signed off on using Sourdough Springs water to support the Keystone Mine with a Finding of No Significant Impact in violation of law. Emails obtained by PEER through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show NPS knowingly gave improper approval.