Land Board decides to lease Otter Creek Coal tracts! (Tomorrow!!!)
Come to Helena tomorrow to tell the Land Board Hands Off Otter Creek Coal!
This is it folks…our last chance to tell the Land Board to not develop any new coal on our State School Trust Lands. Tomorrow at 9am at the State Capitol Building in Helena the MT State Land Board will make a decision that will effect the future of our climate. The Land Board will vote on whether or not to accept a bid submitted yesterday by Ark Land Co. (a subsidiary of the world’s second largest coal mining company Arch Coal) of nearly $86 million on the 572 million tons of state owned coal in the Otter Creek Coal Tracts.
Arch Coal has already won a contract to lease the privately owned portion of Otter Creek which makes for a grand total of 1.3 BILLION tons of coal to be mined. This will produce 2.6 BILLION tons of CO2 emissions when the coal is burned. And to make matters worse Arch coal has said that most of this coal will be sent to China and India to be burned making this coal exempt from pending climate legislation in the U.S.
This is our last chance to publicly speak out to the Land Board!
Come with us tomorrow and give the Land Board an earful about how mining and burning that much coal just plain sucks. After all, the only way to truly sequester carbon is to LEAVE IT IN THE GROUND!
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