|Bryce Canyon's clear skies, as well as area wildlife, are threatened|
by a proposed coal mine expansion.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Bryce Canyon's Clear Air—Threatened
Would you like to travel to Bryce Canyon National Park and see those impossibly blue skies—featured in last week’s post—for yourself? If so, you had better visit soon because Bryce’s azure skies are threatened by a proposed expansion to the Alton Coal Mine, a mere 10 miles from the park.
Currently the mine operates on 635 acres of private land but mine owners are seeking permission from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to expand their operation to 3500 acres of public land—land owned by you and me. Alton Coal is the only strip mine in Utah; consequences to the area will be increased air pollution, noise and truck traffic, all of which will negatively impact Bryce Canyon’s transcendent views and serenity.
I know the facts: coal generates over 50% of our nation’s electricity and we’re all using more and more of it (that goes for those of us sitting at our computers). And yes, all that coal has to come from somewhere—but I hope you’ll agree with me that the BLM should proceed with caution before approving a large strip mine on the boundaries of an incomparably beautiful national park.
Read more reactions to Alton Coal’s proposed mine expansion on these websites: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/53434361-90/alton-blm-comments-county.html.csp#.T1Kmr0N_Vaw.email
Find out how you can register your disapproval by visiting this website: http://www.haltaltoncoal.com/
The National Park Service Retirees is a group of individuals working to ensure that the national parks stay true to their mission of protecting resources for future generations of Americans. This is a worthwhile goal from a respectable organization. Visit their website: http://www.npsretirees.org/