Tell DEQ What Issues Matter to You.
The 11th largest open-pit coal strip mine in the United States is looking to expand, and we need you to speak up today and help protect our water and air and fight climate change!
Do we really need expanded coal mining in Montana? The Rosebud Coal Mine provides all of the coal for the Colstrip coal-fired power plant. It is located in south central Montana, and produces approximately 10 million tons of coal per year. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is currently reviewing a proposed expansion for the mine, and needs to know what you think it should consider when approving this major expansion.
The mine has applied for a massive expansion into a new, unspoiled area (Area F). The proposal would allow mining of 6,746 acres in Area F, and extend the mine’s life by 19 years. DEQ is conducting an environmental impact statement under the Montana Environmental Policy Act, and is asking the public what issues should be included in its analysis. Now is the time to tell DEQ that coal is dirty and that DEQ’s job is to protect the health and well-being of present and future generations from the mining and burning of coal, and not to rubber stamp every coal mine permit that comes through the door.
Please contact the DEQ Today, and tell them to protect air and water and to consider the implications of climate change! The deadline for comments is Monday, November 5, 2012.