Target: Matt Eiselstein, Spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Goal: Stop a coal mine from destroying a coveted wildlife area.
Wildlife and native habitat are in danger of destruction from a decision to allow a coal mining operation on this treasured land. The land has already been reclaimed due to past mining operations and this mine will simply reverse these reclamation efforts. The surface mine will provide coal, a nonrenewable energy source, which will degrade our air quality when burned for energy. We must stop this operation to protect wildlife habitat and our water and air.
Located in Ohio, the Egypt Valley Wildlife Area spans 18,000 acres and is home to black bears, river otters, birds, deer, and fish. Outdoor recreationists enjoy this area for fishing, hiking, photography, and sightseeing. The last mine to operate in this area was in 1998 and ever since then there have been huge efforts to recover the land, which is now predominately grassy expanses and wetland.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has approved mining in state-owned parks to companies that own the mineral rights underneath these lands. Since Oxford Mining Company owns the mineral rights underneath Egypt Valley Wildlife Area, the company hopes to create a strip mine spanning 741 acres.
Operating a strip mine is destructive and invasive. Strip mining creates a hole in the earth to extract the mineral beneath the surface. These surface mines, especially coal mines, create a huge risk for acid mine drainage in which rainwater comes into contact with sulfuric acid in coal and then carries it into freshwater sources, polluting precious water supplies. Furthermore, the coal mined is then burned for energy, contributing to an increase of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere that then worsens climate change.
By signing this petition, you are demanding that coal mining in Ohio state park lands be banned to prevent noise and water pollution in the area and to avoid further air pollution in our atmosphere.
Dear Mr. Eiselstein,
The Egypt Valley Wildlife Area is a crucial home for native and migrating wildlife as well as a special place for outdoor recreationists. The grassy areas and wetland stretches are home to black bears, river otters, turkeys, deer, and a variety of fish and birds. Oxford Mining Company wants to destroy this coveted place to mine for coal.
A surface mine in Egypt Valley Wildlife Area will not only destroy the land to create a gapping hole for mining but will also put the area at risk for acid mine drainage. Acid mine drainage is caused when rainwater comes into contact with the sulfuric acid found in coal and then carries this toxic acid into water sources, contaminating these pristine water supplies.
Mining in state parks should not be allowed. These lands are protected for a reason–to provide wildlife with a thriving habitat. The Egypt Valley Wildlife Area has already been reclaimed from past mining operations and Oxford’s proposed mine will simply destroy these efforts.
Please take action to protect Ohio’s wildlife and land as well as save our global air quality from the dangerous emissions caused by the burning of coal. Ban mining in Ohio’s state parks and wildlife areas, especially Egypt Valley Wildlife Area.
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