Peabody Energy received a letter yesterday from the environmental group WildEarth Guardians asking the company to reconsider its future in the coal industry. Earlier in the week Peabody announced that it was considering filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and it appears that WildEarth Guardians have decided to use Peabody Energies possible Continue reading
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The WildEarth Guardians yesterday called on President Obama to order a review of what they call, “the climate change implications of the federal oil and gas program”, and a halt to new oil and gas leases on American public lands. In a release they say the Obama Administration has leased millions of acres of U.S. public lands to oil and gas Continue reading
The Interior Department’s Environmental Assessment of the South Taylor Pit of Colowyo Mine was signed by Assistant Secretary of the Interior Janice Schneider and has been officially filed. Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe said he received a phone call from Janice Snyder of the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) to let him know that the timely filing fulfills the order by U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson, who gave the Office of Surface Mining 120 days to bring the permit into compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The new assessment shows that the mine’s operations do NOT create a significant environmental impact. The filing brings to a close the events that lead to the fear in Northwest Colorado that mining operations at Colowyo would cease, put 220 miners out of work and devastate local economies.
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The WildEarth Guardians have issued a response to the Moffat County Commissioners meeting scheduled for tomorrow with Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewel. Jeremy Nichols, WildEarth Guardians’ Climate and Energy Program Director. Stressed in a release that he wants Jewel to tell the Commissioners that “it’s time to move toward keeping coal in the ground.” The entire text of the WildEarth Guardians response is below: Continue reading