Defend public lands from coal mining exploitation

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ACTION: Keep public lands and public water resources from destruction by commercial coal mining interests.

Recently the Trump Administration and Interior Secretary Zinke have swept away Obama-era protections against new coal mines on public land and other restrictions on coal mining operations.  Trump's actions not only threaten protections for natural resources on public lands, but they also threaten water quality for farming and ranching communities.  In a separate effort, Secretary Zinke is already attempting to reduce wilderness and historic monuments in a Trump-ordered review of National Monuments.  Urge your lawmakers to act against this wholesale stripping of natural resources for commercial interests.

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"Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [PLACE, ZIP]. I am extremely concerned about the Trump Administration’s actions to promote new coal leases on public lands.  These actions threaten natural resources and water quality that belong to the American People.  Please take action to denounce this devastating exploitation of public lands and to seek important protections for our natural resources.”

Senator Patty Murray:
Seattle - (206) 553-5545
DC - (202) 224-2621

Senator Maria Cantwell:
Seattle - (206) 220-6400
DC - (202) 224-3441

Rep. Adam Smith:
Renton - (425) 793-5180
DC - (202) 225-8901

Rep. Pramila Jayapal
Seattle - (206) 674-0040
DC - (202) 225-3106

Background:

From the New York Times:  “Clouds of dust blew across the horizon one recent summer evening as a crane taller than the Statue of Liberty ripped apart walls of a canyon dug deep into the public lands here in the Powder River Basin, the nation’s most productive coal mining region. The mine pushes right up against a reservoir, exposing the kind of conflicts and concerns the new approach has sparked.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/06/us/politics/under-trump-coal-mining-gets-new-life-on-us-lands.html?_r=0

 

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