Tell Secretary Salazar to Protect Bryce Canyon National Park!
- by: Sierra Club
- target: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Department of Interior
Alton Coal and the City of Los Angeles are threatening Bryce Canyon National Park. They've proposed building a 3,500 acre coal strip mine right next to the park to extract coal to power L.A. If built, the mine would turn southern Utah into an industrial zone -- jeopardizing the park, tourism, and the health of local residents.
Instead of destroying a national park to create dirty energy from coal, the sun-drenched city of Los Angeles should create its own solar energy. Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Department of Interior, will make a decision soon on whether to allow Alton Coal to build their coal strip mine.
Tell Secretary Salazar to stop this dirty, dangerous proposal and protect the Bryce Canyon region for future generations.
Subject: Deny Alton Coal's Proposal to Mine Near Bryce Canyon National Park
Dear Secretary Salazar,
I urge you to deny the lease of federal public lands near Bryce Canyon National Park to Alton Coal LLC. The proposed coal strip mine would be the first on federal land in Utah and would degrade the region's air, water, land, and wildlife legacy. For these reasons, both the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have recommended that the application be denied.
Protecting the natural legacy of southern Utah from the damaging Alton coal mine proposal will preserve Bryce Canyon National Park and make a significant contribution to conserving important habitat for the sage grouse, helping to pull this species back from the brink of extinction.
Mining and burning coal harms people and the environment upon which they depend. The Obama Administration has made numerous commitments to address the challenge of climate change and the harm coal causes to public health and the environment. Under the leadership of you and President Obama, projects like the Alton coal mine should have no place on our public lands. The market for coal-fired electricity from Utah is declining and there is no reason to sacrifice these lands to a dirty coal mine, particularly as the nation moves to embrace renewable energy. It is time for the Department of Interior to move beyond coal and it should begin by denying the Alton permit application.