Target: Ohio Governor John Kasich
Goal: Protect a wilderness area from pollution by opposing a destructive surface coal mine
Strip mining is proposed for a section of a wilderness area, which is home to various wildlife, and is a popular recreational area for hunters and fishermen. Strip mining destroys the topsoil to retrieve the minerals under the surface. The state government of Ohio owns the land on top but not the mineral rights below. The mineral rights remain with the previous owners of the land and they are looking forward to mining approximately $2 million worth of coal. Action needs to be taken to protect this natural area from pollution and ultimate destruction by this strip mine.
The coal mine is proposed by Ronald Snyder and Steven Neeley, the mineral rights owners wanting to mine 651 acres of Ohio’s Brush Creek Wildlife Area. Deforestation will destroy the 651 acres but the mine threatens more of the area by pollution into the water and air. This issue has been returned to the courts to truly determine what “reasonable” amount of mining can be done. The Brush Creek area has been through plenty of restoration efforts by the Department of Natural Resources. This coal mine will be like taking a step backwards. In the U.S., 5.9 million acres of natural land have been negatively altered or destroyed from coal mining from 1930 to 2000. Strip mines cause deforestation, air pollution from coal particulates, contamination into water sources by loose sediment, and leeching minerals into groundwater. Wildlife ranging from deer to fish to squirrels feed and live off this land.
The state of Ohio needs to look toward renewable energy. Only 0.7 percent of the state’s energy consumption comes from renewable sources. By signing this petition, you are urging this area to be protected from a destructive coal mine.
Dear Governor Kasich,
The Brush Creek Wildlife Area is in danger of being destroyed by a destructive surface mine. The mine’s damage to the area extends further than the mine’s acreage. Minerals will leech into groundwater, a hard rain will carry loose topsoil into streams, and coal dust will reduce air quality. Help Ohio move toward renewable energy instead of destroying land for a nonrenewable energy source.
Allow the Department of Natural Resources the right to the land, meaning no destruction of its surface. Please take action to protect this land, its wildlife, and its admirers from a devastating and invasive strip mine.
[Your Name Here]
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