Protect Our Forests and Climate From Fossil Fuels

 

West Elk Mining Area pc WildEarth Guardians

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
Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Tom Tidwell, Chief, U.S. Forest Service
Mike Nedd, 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.

The 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 trout.

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

  Sincerely,

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