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Welcome Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Tell Her to Protect Appalachia from Mountaintop Removal

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

This week, Sally Jewell became the Obama Administration’s Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Jewell is now in a key position to halt the damaging environmental and health effects of mountaintop removal coal mining. But in order to make sure that it is a top priority issue, she needs to hear from you right away.

Take action now and tell Secretary Jewell know that we need her leadership.

During President Obama’s first term, the administration promised to restore longstanding stream protections to Appalachia. Despite this assurance, progress has been slow and Appalachian streams remain threatened.

Secretary Jewell has the ability to take immediate action and direct the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to issue a long-overdue rule to prevent the dumping of coal mining waste into streams. We need Jewell to ensure that a strong standard is created and that it is fully implemented in Appalachia.

Contact Secretary Jewell today.

The day before her confirmation, President Obama said that Jewell had an “appreciation for our nation’s tradition of protecting our public lands and heritage, and a keen understanding of what it means to be good stewards of our natural resources.” We are encouraged by this and expect that she will stand up for the heritage and well being of the Appalachian region.

3 Responses to “Welcome Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Tell Her to Protect Appalachia from Mountaintop Removal”

  1. Pamela Aubrey Says:

    During President Obama’s first term, the administration promised to restore longstanding stream protections to Appalachia. Despite this assurance, progress has been slow and Appalachian streams remain threatened.

    Secretary Jewell has the ability to take immediate action and direct the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to issue a long-overdue rule to prevent the dumping of coal mining waste into streams. We need Jewell to ensure that a strong standard is created and that it is fully implemented in Appalachia.

  2. Harlan Sandberg Says:

    Dear Secretary Jewell

    I can think of no more despicable practice than mountaintop coal mining. What does it say about our country that we literally destroy the earth and people who have lived in the Appalachians for generations for coal which can be mined in a less destructive way and provides good paying jobs? My first sight of a mountaintop mine was SHOCKING. The destruction can hardly be internalized. I would urge you to use the weight of your office to help end thie literal destruction of our mountains and people.

    Harlan Sandberg

  3. Jacqueline Ryan Says:

    To the Dept. of the Interior, Sally Jewell,

    PLEASE SAVE THE WILD HORSES AND BURROS FROM
    ANY MORE ROUND-UPS FROM THE BLM !!!!

    Americans love these wild animals, and they
    should be free to live their lives.

    BLM needs to have more of your support for
    the wild horses and burros.

    Thank you for having a kind heart.

    Best,
    Jacqueline Ryan

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