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  •  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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