(expired) Daily Do: Urgent – Oppose Reopening the Black Diamond Coal Mine Today

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URGENT call for environmental action TODAY!

From KUOW Public Radio: “The John Henry Coal Mine, which is about 30 miles southeast of downtown Seattle, in Black Diamond, has been inactive for nearly two decades. But the Pacific Coast Coal Company has proposed reopening the mine. If permitted, the mine would produce 84,000 tons of coal every year for the next six years.” The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is maintaining that the proposed mine would have no significant impact on the environment.

ACTION:  Last Day to Oppose Reopening the Black Diamond Coal Mine

Today is the final day to submit comments via email or letter to OSMRE.   Letters must be postmarked today!

Email: gpinkham@osmre.gov (Subject line: ATTN: OSMRE, John Henry EA)

Mailing address:
ATTN: OSMRE, John Henry EA
C/O: Gretchen Pinkham
1999 Broadway, Suite 3320
Denver, CO 80202-3050

See comments for a sample letter posted by Fuse Washington.

My original post is public and can be shared from the following link: https://www.facebook.com/tania.p.may/posts/10203770716386612

Additional information:

Reviving Black Diamond’s Coal Mine In Seattle’s Green Shadow

The Pacific Northwest was once a coal mining powerhouse.  In the late 1800s, The area around Oregon’s Coos Bay had over 70 coal mines. Later, Washington’s biggest coal mine in Centralia supplied the Bonneville Power Administration with electricity.

But that might be about to change. Coal mining could be coming back — to an old coal mine in southeast King County.

 Sample Letter to OSMRE

Email: gpinkham@osmre.gov (Subject line: ATTN: OSMRE, John Henry EA)

To Whom It May Concern:

As a concerned resident of the Puget Sound region, I encourage a more public, thorough, and complete Environmental Assessment of Federal Permit WA0007D proposing resumption of coal mining at the John Henry No. 1 Coal Mine.  These public hearings must allow neighbors to voice their concerns.

I have deep concerns about the conclusions found in the recent Environmental Assessment (E.A.) of blasting activity, operation of the coal processing plant, and increased truck traffic of the John Henry Coal Mine. That E.A. found “negligible impacts” to climate change from the drastic mining of 700,000 tons of coal over six years.

These impacts are not negligible to our community. Blasting would have a serious and potentially dangerous impact on our community’s health due to the release of mercury, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide and other substances known to be hazardous to human health. I ask you to re-assess the impact this project will have on climate both locally and globally.I also have deep concerns over the impact that this project will have on our water, both above and below ground. The John Henry Mine lies between three lakes, next to a creek, and near a large recreational and residential lake as well. I encourage you to have a broader discussion with our community of the environmental consequences and mitigation measures should a storm event exceed expectations and render sedimentation ponds ineffective.

There are no coal mines currently operating in Washington state. To say that reopening a coal mine will have no impact on our community and our state is highly concerning to those of us concerned about our children’s future, our health, and our environment. It is crucial that the public be thoroughly engaged in permitting a project such as this. I urge you to include a public hearing to allow the residents of Black Diamond and neighboring East King County to voice their questions and concerns.

Thank you for your consideration.


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