Christina Oxley: Craig’s response rocks
To the editor:
The people in Northwest Colorado continue to amaze me.
When called to support our businesses, our residents consistently rise to the challenge.
In response to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s environmental assessment of the Colowyo Coal Company South Taylor mining permit, 1,522 comments were submitted through the website, http://www.supportcolowyo.org, and approximately 800 pre-addressed stamped comment forms were distributed through the Craig and Meeker Chambers of Commerce. That’s more than 2,000 comments filed with OSM, not including the comments submitted through other online portals or that were mailed directly to the Office of Surface Mining.
When one of our own is threatened, we act. When we are challenged, we respond. And, we have been challenged.
You attended meetings and submitted comments to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement as they were preparing to begin the environmental assessment for Colowyo mine. You wrote to the Department of the Interior asking Secretary Sally Jewell to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that OSM consider the environmental impact of the end use of coal, not just the method and reclamation efforts of mining. You stood up to tame the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
Now, you will be asked to comment by Sept. 17 on the BLM’s federal coal leasing program.
Soon, a federal judge will address OSM handling of a Trapper Mine permit area.
Threats to our economy, our industry, our water and our public lands will continue, but your participation and the power of your voice continues to protect and defend Moffat County.
Thank you for lending your time and your voice to these issues. This will not be the last time you will be asked to take action. Please do not give in to fatigue and please don’t think that your actions do not make a difference. They absolutely do and you should be proud of the impact your comments will and do make.
Craig Chamber of Commerce executive director
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