Pinnacles National Park is a 27,000 acre preserve in California that is home to foxes, badgers, eagles and more than 30 California condors, a species that recently rebounded from the edge of extinction after a concerted thirty year recovery campaign. The Ohlone, Chalon, and Mutsun tribes consider the park sacred land, and are working with Park staff to manage culturally significant resources and to enhance our national understanding of the relationship between native people and their traditional territory.
However, Pinnacles, which was dedicated as the nation’s 59th national park in February of 2013, is already facing the threat of a new oil and gas drilling operation. Citadel Exploration, a California oil company, has proposed to drill up to 15 steam injection wells on a cattle ranch just seven miles from the southern border of the park. If the exploratory wells strike oil that is recoverable and easy to extract, they plan to seek permit for full field development, which would “conservatively” include “a couple of hundred wells” over 680 acres.