Don't Let Big Coal Destroy Bryce Canyon National Park

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Originally Posted: January 24, 2012

Don't Let Big Coal Destroy Bryce Canyon National Park

FROM The Sierra Club


Big 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.

Tell the BLM to stop this dirty, dangerous proposal and protect the Bryce Canyon region for future generations.

Right now, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting your comments on the strip mine proposal.

Sign an online petition:

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Bureau of Land Management
Kanab Field Office
318 North 100 East
Kanab, UT 84741
phone (435) 644-4600
fax (435) 644-4620


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.

Bryce Canyon is famous for its unique geology and is a place of special importance to me. The things that make Bryce Canyon unique and irreplaceable -- clean air and clear night skies -- are threatened by the Alton mine proposal. The mining operations proposed would pollute the air, reduce visibility, and flood the night sky with light, corrupting the views of stargazers. Contrary to what the BLM states in the DEIS, this beautiful landscape cannot be added to or improved by this project.

This stunning region attracts 1.2 million visitors annually from around the world, making Bryce Canyon National Park the major economic driver in the region. It should not be sacrificed and turned into an industrial zone just for a few years of dirty coal. Visitors will not come to this area to see a coal strip mine. Further, the transport route that trucks will use to take coal away from the mine jeopardizes the Southern Utah economy. Putting over 150 large coal trucks per day on U.S 89 (a scenic by-way) will destroy this experience for millions of visitors.

It took 65 million years to turn Bryce Canyon into the place that Americans and the world treasure. I urge you to reject this irresponsible and short-sighted proposal.

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