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  •  Bryce is Nice; Coal Strip Mine Next Door Is Not (8+ / 0-)

    Bryce Canyon is a beautiful place. I heartily recommend visiting. I've hiked there in the spring and fall, and cross-country skied there in winter. Winter is an especially great time to be there because of the contrast of snow and redrock, a lot fewer people, and great night sky star gazing.

    Unfortunately, Bryce is threatened by the dramatic expansion of a coal strip mine, just down the road. The impact would be significant to Bryce's air quality, quiet and solitude, among other things.

    Fortunately the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, the Sierra Club, and the Natural Resources Defense Council have brought suit to stop it. Unfortunately, they have not succeeded yet. Follow this link to learn more and take action:

    SUWA suit to stop Bryce coal strip mine

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 11:24:49 AM PST

    •  Court decision on Bryce Canyon coal strip mine: (6+ / 0-)
      Coal Mine Threatens Sage Grouse, Tourism Economy and Bryce Canyon National Park

      Salt Lake City, UT – In a decision issued earlier this morning, the Utah Supreme Court upheld a state mining permit that allows Alton Coal Development to strip mine roughly 600 acres of private lands – the Coal Hollow Mine. The Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Parks Conservation Association reaffirmed their commitment to protect the local environment key to southern Utah’s tourism-oriented economy. The Utah Supreme Court’s ruling sets the stage for a broader fight over the proposed expansion of the private mine onto 3,500 acres of publicly owned land within a dozen miles of Bryce Canyon National Park.

      In addition to impacting local air and water quality, threatening Bryce Canyon National Park’s renown night skies, and decimating North America’s southern-most population of sage grouse, the proposed around the clock mining operations would require up to 300 coal truck trips per day traveling 110 miles one-way from Alton to Cedar City, which would result in one truck leaving the site every seven minutes.

      Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

      by willyr on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 11:28:35 AM PST

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    •  And there is that, too. . . (7+ / 0-)

      the environmental issue, and the sordid mining and such by the sordid and blind-sided State, that tends to issue in favor of rapacious development, regardless the environmental costs. The article you sent is also already in my files. It is seething in light of what these damn anti environmental agent provocateurs get away with, almost all the time. I am a big member and promoter of NRDC, among so many others, and always pressed to make this or that call to this or that Senator or Congressman or Governor, and so very few environmental battles, in the final analysis, are won, yet so many millions of people are more and more in tune with the crap that is being pulled on us. And if it doesn't outright insult a certain party affiliation in this country that consistently votes thumbs down for anything pro environmental and thumbs up to anything promoting business, I say, thumbs (or something much, much larger) rammed up their derrieres as a reminder what they're doing by advocating such environmental destruction is screwing all of us, and most especially future generations that will inherit the worst of conditions. Thanks, again, for your sage and salient commentary, willyr.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 11:50:12 AM PST

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      •  Public Lands, Private Profit: Boom or Bust video (6+ / 0-)

        The Alton coal mine next door to Bryce was featured in Part 2 of a 3-part video series on private exploitation of public land, entitled:

        Boom or Bust

        Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

        by willyr on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 12:11:39 PM PST

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        •  Thanks for sharing that video (2+ / 0-)
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          Bisbonian, willyr

          Arizona has an amazing number of ghost towns from historical mining activity. Bisbee was saved after the mining company vacated only because a group of counter-culture enthusiasts moved in. The locals have steadily worked on the tourist trade to keep the town viable.

          A few years ago the mine was bought by Freeport-McMoRan and changes are already being felt in the community. Boom, Bust, Boom is a book about the history of the copper mining activity in AZ by a local (no longer), Bill Carter. To be fair, our little town was originally created by the copper industry.

          It's crazy that after so many years the soil is being tested and replaced in remediation for the previous mining activity (by Phelps-Dodge). The community has lost several folks to cancer but then again there are people who worked in the mine still living here (they are in their 80s).

          It is strange to me that the Freeport-McMoRan is required to clean up the contaminated soil while at the same time start up operations again. So far the activity is low key but I seriously worry. A pocket of our citizens has been forced to relocate and the large trucks are steadily increasing. The increase of dust from their activity has been noticeable.

          I hope that the coal mine expansion is prevented. Bryce Canyon is a special place. I share the local citizen's concern all to well. I also fear the threat of Fracking in CA south of where I grew up. It seams that hundreds of communities are threatened by dirty energy resources all across the US. Unfortunately copper will be needed for the transition to alternative energy. It is a catch 22 situation for me.

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