With the stroke of a pen, the new Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, has cleared the way for massive new coal-mining operations on federal public land, including in essential wildlife habitat.
The short- and long-term effects could be catastrophic for wildlife, clean air and water, people, and the climate.
In response, Defenders has filed suit challenging this reckless decision, but we need your help.
Donate today to help fight the Secretary’s order and the string of unprecedented extremist attacks.
It’s been nearly 40 years since the government last weighed the environmental impacts of coal mining on public lands. Since then, we’ve learned so much about the devastating effects of burning coal on our air, water and environment – in addition to its contribution to global warming.
Simply put: By opening these wildlands to coal development, the government is ignoring the harm more coal development will cause.
This is why the previous administration had put any new coal leasing on hold to take a closer look at the impacts – but Secretary Zinke has decided there’s no need to look before we leap into mining and burning more coal.
Much of the new coal-mining will occur in the Powder River Basin in northeastern Wyoming. The rolling hills, plains and rivers of this area are home to spiritual landmarks of great significance to the Native Americans who have lived there for millennia, and are vital habitat for fish and wildlife.
With the known consequences of mass-scale coal mining more frightening than ever, there is no justification for this dangerous and harmful action. That’s why we’re going to court – to speak out on behalf of wildlife and our nation’s lands and waters.
Thank you in advance for your gift!
Vice-President, Conservation Law
Defenders of Wildlife