Center for Biological Diversity

Tell the Bureau of Land Management: No More Coal

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We need your support today to stop massive new coal mines going up in Wyoming and to protect imperiled species.
The proposed South Gillette leases would be located in the Powder River Basin in east-central Wyoming, approximately 20 miles south of Gillette. The proposal would allow for almost 900 million tons of coal to be mined, transported to coal-fired power plants around the country, and combusted, emitting hundreds of millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
The project would further degrade public lands and resources  -- contributing to the decline of species like the greater sage grouse, black-tailed prairie dogs, and rare plants -- and further degrade already poor air quality in the region.
In addition, the Bureau of Land Management's proposal would augment an outdated, business-as-usual energy infrastructure. President Obama has committed the United States to holding climate change in check. Now he needs to deliver on this promise. There is no reason to open up vast amounts of additional public lands for new coal mines, and doing so only keeps us on a course toward catastrophic climate change.
Now is the time to embark on a clean-energy future in which we reduce atmospheric CO2 levels back to below 350 parts per million, as leading scientists tell us we must to avoid dangerously destabilizing our climate system. New coal mines have no place in this cleaner, brighter future.
We need your help to tell the Bureau of Land Management that the South Gillette leases in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming are an outdated energy idea that is not viable. Please take a few minutes today to send a message opposing the proposed South Gillette leases.
If you wish, you can access the full environmental documents for the project electronically at -- follow the links to the environmental impact statement.

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Please take action by September 16, 2009.

Coal-fired power plant photo by Phillip J. Redman, USGS.