Colorado’s wild forests and our climate need you, desperately.
After lifting protections
on 20,000 acres of National Forest in western Colorado, the federal government
now wants to let Arch Coal sink its teeth into our public lands. Trump’s
Interior Department and Forest Service want to let Arch lease 1,700 acres of
roadless forests to rip out more than 17 million tons of coal next to
Colorado’s iconic West Elk Wilderness.
Now is the time to push back against this terrible plan and
defend our National Forests. Join us and raise your voice in support of
protecting our public lands, not sacrificing them to the coal industry.
Because it gets worse. To get at the coal, Arch has to drill
methane venting wells above its mine workings, effectively turning the lands
above the mine into a gas well field. Arch pumps this methane, a potent
greenhouse gas, from the mine directly into our atmosphere. Methane has more
than 80 times the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide and
is a major contributor to climate pollution.
Arch’s mining operations are beyond wasteful and
destructive. They need to be stopped. Sign our petition today.
WildEarth Guardians has already beaten back this mine
expansion once before. In 2014, we won a landmark lawsuit overturning Arch’s
plans to expand its mine. The federal court ruled that the Interior Department
and Forest Service illegally ignored the climate impacts of more fossil fuel
Emboldened by President Trump’s zeal for coal, Arch is back
and our public lands and climate are again at risk.
It’s time to push back and push back hard.
our petition today and send a loud and clear message to the President and all
Americans that we’re not going to tolerate giving away our future to the coal
For the wild,
Climate & Energy Program Director
P.S. In Colorado, the coal industry is in sharp
decline. It makes no sense to sacrifice our public lands for Arch Coal
and prevent communities from transitioning to more sustainable and prosperous
P.P.S. Check out our
interactive story map about Arch Coal’s mining plans and what’s at stake on our
photo: WildEarth Guardians