BLM proposes to offer mine access to big deposit of coal

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16 million tons of coal, hmmm? Anyone see the Sentinel article running today with predictions that GJ summers are likely to feel like Phoenix summers in years to come, hmm? Nonetheless, the agency finds no significant impact associated with developing this coal, hmmm? Adding insult to injury, the agency is contemplating a royalty reduction. So, not only is BLM going to greenlight mining of 16 million tons of greenhouse gas emitting coal without analyzing potential impacts, but they’re ensuring a lower return to the public. Thank you, BLM! Another job well done! It appears that common sense got drilled out in public land management 101, but industry is still well represented.

BLM finds that mining 16 million tons of coal won’t have a significant environmental impact. Anyone think that’s shortsighted? The Sentinel ran a story today on global warming indicating that GJ summers will soon be like those in Phoenix and that we should expect less runoff and water shortages. To boot, the agency is opting to reduce the royalty rate that the American public may actually recoup from development of this coal. Anyone else think the BLM is doing a crappy job on this one? Let ‘em know.

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