The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management want to let Arch Coal rip out 17 million tons of publicly owned coal in western Colorado’s National Forests. We need
your support. Speak out and let’s show the world that Americans don’t want to
see more coal mining at the expense of our climate and our public forests.
The public comment period closes July 24, 2017. Please sign on to our
letter being sent to:
Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Chief, U.S. Forest Service
Director, U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Scott G. Armentrout, Supervisor, Grand Mesa,
Uncompahgre, Gunnison National Forest
Ruth Welch, State Director, Bureau of Land
Management Colorado State Office
Dear U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management,
I oppose your plans to let Arch Coal expand its western
Colorado coal mine into our pristine National Forests. I’m calling on you to
abandon your plans and put our climate, our public lands, and our future first.
Authorizing more coal mining is completely at odds with our
nation’s need to advance a clean energy
future and transition to more sustainable and prosperous economies. Colorado’s
coal industry is in steep decline. It is no longer in the interest of the
American public to hand over our lands to coal companies as they fall into
bankruptcy and saddle us with more debt.
I am especially troubled that Arch intends to develop
methane venting wells in order to expand its mine, which will turn the forests
into a gas field and flood our atmosphere with climate pollution.
forests being targeted by Arch include lands in the Sunset Roadless Area, which
is adjacent to the West Elk Wilderness. This remote, rugged landscape of aspen
and spruce-fir forest provides habitat for black bear, elk, lynx and cutthroat
Our public lands are vital refuges for fish and wildlife,
sources of clean water, and havens for outdoor recreation. They should not be
scarified for the dying coal industry. I support maintaining protections for our
National Forests and urge the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management
to disapprove Arch’s mine expansion plans.
photo: West Elk mining—WildEarth Guardians