The Glenwood Springs Citizens’ Alliance continues its efforts to stop the Transfer Trail mine expansion from being approved by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency within the U.S. Department of Interior.
The BLM Colorado State Office in Denver and the BLM Colorado River Field Office in Silt will play critical roles in analyzing and permitting for the mine proposal put forward by Rocky Mountain Resources.
Today, we are asking for your help in a time-sensitive letter-writing campaign directed at BLM officials in these two offices.
A very important meeting between our local government officials and BLM officials is scheduled for Thursday, June 20.
We need to convey a clear message to these decision-makers about the devastating effects the mine would have on our community, our economy and our environment.
Please take a few minutes to write an email to these BLM officials by Wednesday, June 19, to let them know how important this issue is to our community.
We’ve provided some suggested wording for your email below, and we strongly encourage you to personalize your message about the proposed mine expansion. Please send these emails out now, and certainly by June 19!
Send emails to:
Jamie Connell, BLM Colorado State Director
Larry Sandoval, BLM Colorado River Valley Field Director
Dear Colorado State Director Connell and Field Director Sandoval,
I am one of the hundreds of people supporting the Glenwood Springs Citizens’ Alliance, formed to oppose the harmful impacts of the Transfer Trail mine in Glenwood Springs. I understand that you play central roles in determining how to address the Transfer Trail mine’s continuing illegal operations, as well as the mine owner’s proposal to expand operations by as much as 5,000 percent.
This mine would cause terrible impacts for our community. I care about stopping this harmful mine because [INSERT A PERSONAL REASON – harm to tourism and recreational economy, harm to your local business, impact on natural resources and scenic beauty, noise, vastly increased trucks, ETC.]
I / We urge you to take action now to enforce compliance with the many years of illegal operations at the current mine. I / We also urge you to ensure that any process for considering an expansion is robust, transparent, compliant with federal law, and protective of the public interest.
You have both lived and worked in Glenwood Springs and understand the value of this place and its recreation and tourism economy. When Mr. Sandoval joined the Field Office, he said, “I am thrilled to be returning to this very special place” and its “diverse and cherished natural resources.”
We call on you to take action at the Transfer Trail mine to keep this place and its cherished natural resources from being ruined by this improper mine expansion.
[name, city/county of residence]
Don’t wait. Write now and recruit your friends and family to do so as well.