Expand Coal Mining in Colorado? No Way!

Please join Clean Energy Action and others by signing this petition urging rejection of the ColoWyo Mine Expansion.

Let the Obama Administration’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and the Bureau of Land Management know that you oppose approval of the ColoWyo Mine expansion permit!

Today is the last day to act! Public comments must be submitted before February 19th.

Tell Colorado to Regulate Downstream Fugitive Methane

Dear Commissioners,

I believe that reducing fugitive methane emissions from our downstream natural gas infrastructure is a modest but worthwhile strategy for reducing the climate impacts of our energy system. Measures to reduce fugitive methane emissions can and should be aggressively pursued by the state of Colorado, in order to reduce the climate impacts of producing and delivering natural gas.

I am pleased that the AQCC adopted rules to control emissions from upstream operations last February. When the AQCC handed down those rules, it directed staff to investigate what measures would be appropriate to take in minimizing downstream fugitive methane emissions. I am concerned that much of the information coming before you this week appears to be sourced directly from the industry we are asking you to regulate. I urge the AQCC to move forward with a comprehensive and independent plan to control downstream emissions.

We need strong oversight of the oil and gas industry throughout the supply chain, and we need to set a precedent of regulating their emissions specifically because of their climate impact. We need the AQCC to initiate an independent assessment of the emissions control options on the table, through its own investigatory and rule-making processes.

Thank you for your consideration.


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Together, we can:

1)            Protect the soil, water and endangered wild life of northwest Colorado. Do not expand the ColoWyo Mine into over 2000 acres of previously undisturbed land that drains into the Yampa River. This land, only 30 miles from Dinosaur National Monument, is largely prime sage grouse habitat.

2)            Keep the coal in the ground. Do not permit an additional 240 million metric tons of carbon and other toxic emissions to be released into the atmosphere. When this coal is burned over the next twenty years, it will threaten our health, air, water and climate.

3)         Transition Colorado into a sustainable, clean energy future fueled by wind and sun. Let’s move forward with 21st century sources of energy that don’t pollute and save ratepayers on their bills. It is time to push for a just transition away from coal, one that supports communities as they face the inevitable loss of jobs and regional economic instability that will follow when last century’s ColoWyo mine is depleted.

Additional Resources

ColoWyo Coal Mine Expansion Environmental Assessment

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement: ColoWyo Legal Notices and Outreach Letters

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