Federal Coal Leasing Hearing, Seattle

Tue
21
Jun2016

Tuesday, June 21 8:00am – 4:00pm

Sheraton Seattle Hotel – 1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA

Join us at a federal public hearing on the coal leasing program to seize this historic opportunity to push the federal government to transition out of the coal business.

40% of all coal burned in the United States comes from our public lands. The federal government leases it to Big Coal for bargain-basement rates — about a $1 per ton, with another $1.50 for royalties. The public is stuck with the massive bill for carbon pollution. From health impacts to reduced salmon populations to increased wildfire risk, it’s estimated that climate change could cost Washington’s economy nearly $5 billion by 2040. Does that sound like a fair system to you?

For the first time in 30 years, the Department of Interior has hit pause on the federal coal leasing program to allow for a comprehensive review of this broken system, including an examination of the collective climate impacts of all coal mined from public lands.

We saw the powerful impact of the faith community at the Longview Coal DEIS hearings, let’s keep it going and show up strong to advocate for reform on the federal level! Speaker registration starts at 8 a.m., hearing begins at 10 a.m. Also, join us for a pre-hearing rally at 9 a.m. at Westlake Park, 401 Pine St. in Seattle!