Sierra Club trying to block expansion of Utah strip mine

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images.jpgDuring a meeting in Brighton Resort in the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, Sierra Club officials focused on many different issues around different states, but one main issue was the Alton Coal Development’s Coal Hollow Project, located in Kane County near Panquitch and 10 miles southwest of Bryce Canyon National Park. The mine now sits on state and private land and would need to expand onto federal land from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Their concern is that the mine is located in a major migration corridor used by a mule deer herd and that it can be seen from Bryce Canyon particularly at night.

Tim Wagner, a regional representative for the Sierra Club said,”It’ll have a direct impact on Bryce Canyon National Park in term of air quality, in terms of nighttime skies”, ..”Bryce Canyon is one of the very famous parks for having some of the darkest skies in the lower 48 states.”

The opposition of the club is part of the groups effort to promote development of clean energy to replace coal which is a major contributor of air pollution. The club also wants to limit the opening of uranium mines, particularly one near the rim of the Grand Canyon.

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Sierra Club President Robin Mann

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February 18, 2013  |   Share: