Reform of the Federal Coal Program
Telluride Council Member Todd Brown testifying to DOI in August 2015
The Department of Interior just announced its public listening session dates to inform their comprehensive review of the coal leasing program. This review will include consideration of how to account for the climate, environmental and public health impacts of federal coal production and how to ensure American taxpayers are earning a fair return for the use of their public resources.
These listening sessions are a follow up to President Obama and Interior Secretary Jewell's announcements in January that they will launch a comprehensive review of the federal coal leasing program, with an emphasis on coal's cost of carbon, taxpayers' fair share, and a moratorium on new leases until the review is complete.
The Mountain Pact has been steadily working on this issue for over a year and we're committed to seeing a robust and meaningful scoping plan finalized before the end of this Administration.
To that end, the Mountain Pact is organizing groups of local government officials to testify at the following listening sessions*:
Salt Lake City, UT - May 19, 2016
Seattle, WA - TBC June 21, 2016
Grand Junction, CO - June 23, 2016
This will be a powerful opportunity to get our mountain communities' voices heard on the impacts of climate change and the importance of modernizing the coal program. If you're interested in learning more about our work at these listening sessions or wish to join us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also learn more about the need to update the federal coal program and the implications to mountain communities in this Mountain Pact report.