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Keith Rigtrup, Bureau of Land Management

I urge you to reject the proposed Alton Coal Hollow Mine expansion. The majestic landscapes of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and Bryce Canyon are iconic natural wonders and they must be protected and preserved.

The proposed mine would cause hazardous air and water pollution, disrupt critical wildlife habitat for the threatened sage grouse, and expose local communities to toxic coal dust.

Your analysis predicts that expanding the mine would provide access to 50 millions tons of coal over 25 years. This plan is dangerously out of step with the critical goal of cutting U.S. carbon emissions by 26 percent in ten years as well as the president's goal of reducing emissions from federal agencies by 40 percent in the same time period.

Grand Staircase Escalante's natural beauty is an important economic generator for Southwestern Utah. In 2011, more than 750,000 people visited the monument. In fact, Headwaters Economics found that between 1996, when Grand Staircase Escalante was designated a national monument, and 2008 the surrounding communities saw a 37.6 percent increase in jobs and a 40.3 percent increase in income. Similarly, Bryce Canyon created 1,628 jobs and more than $100 million in revenue in 2009 alone. Your own draft environmental analysis found that this mine expansion would harm the local economies by creating "an adverse impact to recreation, and adverse impacts to sense of community, social well-being, and tourism-related businesses."

More than 200,000 people, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Hopi Tribe have already submitted comments in opposition of this mine expansion. I urge you to do the right thing and protect Grand Staircase Escalante, Bryce Canyon, and local communities from the unnecessary impacts of mining, hauling, and burning federally owned coal.

Please stand with the American people and reject Alton Coal's proposal.

Signed,

Sierra Club

This petition closed almost 4 years ago

How this will help

Alton Coal wants to set up a strip mine that would destroy more than 2,700 football fields-worth of mostly taxpayer-owned land so they can access 50 million tons of coal over 25 years -- a...

Alton Coal wants to set up a strip mine that would destroy more than 2,700 football fields-worth of mostly taxpayer-owned land so they can access 50 million tons of coal over 25 years -- a proposal that is dangerously out of step with the critical goal of cutting U.S. carbon emissions by 26 percent in ten years.

The proposed mine would sit just 10 miles from Bryce Canyon and would cause hazardous air and water pollution, cloud the sky with coal dust and light pollution, disrupt critical wildlife habitat for threatened sage grouse, and expose local communities to unnecessary coal dust and heavy coal truck traffic. More than 200,000 people joined with the Hopi Tribe and three federal agencies in speaking out against Alton's expansion. Now, we have an important opportunity to push the Bureau of Land Management to stand with the American people and save our precious national landmarks by rejecting this proposal.

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