Stop Acid Mines Polluting our Waters

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Target: Pacificorp President and CEO Stefan Bird

Goal: Preserve Huntington Creek, local waterways, and groundwater from acid mine pollution by stopping pipeline project.

Pacificorp recently proposed a plan that would use contaminated, acid mine drain water to flush alfalfa fields onto unlined fields near Utah’s Huntington Creek. Pacificorp uses these fields as “research farms,” however they are a blatant cover up of their improper waste management. This company has already been sued for improper handling of liquid and solid waste in federal court, and the Deer Creek Mine Closure Water Pipeline Project is another attempt to show goodwill to the people of Utah while underhandedly exposing them to toxins in their groundwater and polluting their environment.

Pacificorp permanently closed their controversial coal mine Deer Creek Mine last year. This “cleanup” proposal would result in further contamination of the adjacent Huntington Creek and other nearby waterways with acid mine water. At Deer Creek Mine, toxic acid water drainage is building up in the underground mine and is at serious risk of spilling out.

This would cause serious harm to the local residents, waterways and ecosystem. After a failed initial plan to clean up the mine pollution, Pacificorp–also the owner and operator of the very problematic Rocky Mountain Power–is proposing to build a pipeline to transport this toxic mine drainage two miles down hill from Deer Creek Mine to Huntington Power Plant.

This mine drainage will end up in the local rivers and groundwater. Pacificorp wants to irrigate its “research farms” with dirty water at the cost of the environment and the local community’s safe drinking water. Sign to demand that Pacificorp immediately halts the Deer Creek Mine Closure Water Pipeline Project.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Pacificorp President and CEO Stefan Bird,

While your effort to clean up toxic waste from Deer Creek Mine are commendable, the proposed Deer Creek Mine Closure Water Pipeline Project is an incomplete and irresponsible reaction to the pollution Pacificorp has caused. This toxic mine waste in both Deer Creek Mine and Huntington Creek Mine have significantly harmed the local environment and the polluted the drinking water for local Utah residents. Your proposed plan would only further pollute Huntington Creek and adjacent waterways. The local community deserves a better plan to fix this problem.

There is no data on the full environmental impact of this proposal as no official report has been conducted, though the water usage alone could reach up to 850,000 gallons per day. Groundwater data has already shown the area around Huntington Creek has levels of toxic pollution dangerous to the local residents and the environment.

This is not only an irresponsible use of contaminated water but a complete waste of resources. Please have the responsibility and decency to protect Huntington Creek and the local residents by withdrawing your proposed Deer Creek Mine Closure Water Pipeline Project.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. end the toxic runoff pollution from entering the clean rivers now.

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