Target: Secretary Ken Salazar, Department of the Interior
Goal: Urge Salazar to vote against proposed coal mining operations near Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon National Park, one of the most popular natural habitats in southern Utah, is being threatened by the Alton Coal company which has proposed a plan to build a 3,500 acre coal strip mine adjacent to the park. Coal extracted from the mine would be used to power the nearby city of Los Angeles, but the mine itself would heavily endanger all of the wildlife contained within the park and would also pose as a health hazard for tourists visiting the park.
Alton Coal’s proposal is being voted on by Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Several other environmental agencies, including the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have already shown their disdain and concern for Alton Coal’s proposal and are also urging Salazar to vote against it. Please help support their efforts by signing this petition asking Salazar to deny Alton Coal’s land proposal and stop them from destroying a treasured national park.
Dear Secretary Salazar,
As someone who cares deeply about the environment, I am asking you to please consider denying the proposal put forth by Alton Coal that, if granted, would allow them to build a large coal strip mine adjacent to Bryce Canyon National Park.
The park is a beloved tourist attraction and is also home to many different kinds of animal, fish, and plant life. Alton Coal’s mine would severely harm the habitats of these creatures due to its hazardous emissions of coal-burning fumes and would also endanger the health of tourists visiting the park. I understand that the struggle for reliable energy isn’t getting any easier, but there has to be a better way than threatening an entire park’s worth of wildlife and tourists.
By signing this petition, I am showing my support for associations such as the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and their desire to see Alton Coal’s proposal denied. Please don’t allow one company’s agenda to threaten the lives of an entire National Park.
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