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 Coal Mine Expansion Overturned in Colorado 

Dear Guardian, 

This is a big win.

Yesterday, the U.S. Forest Service reversed a decision by the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest to expand coal mining into a treasured roadless area in western Colorado.

The reversal was spurred by an appeal filed by WildEarth Guardians, Earthjustice, Rocky Mountain Wild, High Country Citizens Alliance, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Sierra Club. It saves the Sunset Trail Roadless Area on the northern flanks of the majestic West Elk Wilderness Area.

It’s a hard won reprieve and comes as the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest is facing enormous pressure from Arch Coal and other coal companies to open up thousands of acres of roadless forest land in western Colorado for more coal mining.

As global warming continue to take its toll on the American West, two things are clear: we need to burn less coal and save more wild lands. 

This victory does both. 

And this big win would not have been possible without our members and supporters. Together, we’re clearly making a difference.

Here’s to keeping the West wild.


For the wild,
Jeremy Nichols Signature
Jeremy Nichols Staff Photo

Jeremy Nichols
Climate & Energy Program Director
WildEarth Guardians
jnichols@wildearthguardians.org

Sunset Trail roadless pc Ted Zukoski
photo credit: Ted Zukoski

View more images of the roadless lands next to the West Elk Wilderness Area protected by this victory.
 

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Read more about our victory in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and the Summit County Citizens Voice.

 


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