Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Feds: Benefits Outweigh Harm in Black Mesa

By Annie Greenberg
Navajo Times, Dec. 14, 2006

WINDOW ROCK A draft Environmental Impact Statement put out by the U.S.
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and enforcement recommends that the
Black Mesa Mine be reopened and the neighboring Kayenta Mine be expanded.

The justification OSM gives for the environmental harm that would follow
including the dislocation of 17 Navajo families is the boost to both the
tribal and overall economy that the mines would provide. Read more

Urgent Action Needed Now


Massive mining plans underway at Black Mesa, Arizona have serious
environmental, social, and human rights impacts. Send a letter today to
the Office Of Surface Mining, asking them to extend the critical deadline
to allow impacted communities adequate time to prepare their input on
stopping a destructive coal mining project.

Read more


News Advisory – Black Mesa Water Coalition
For immediate release: Friday December 29th, 2006
Contacts: Enei Begaye
Calvin Johnson
Nicole Horseherder

Bush Administration’s Office of Surface Mining holding
illegitimate public hearings according to Navajo and Hopi
Community Leaders

Community Leaders hold Press Conferences to announce
plans about OSM’s upcoming Public Hearings on the
alternative water supply for the Black Mesa slurry line
and the Black Mesa Mine. Read more

Mine pipeline could dry up Leupp wells

The facts from the following article regarding the Black Mesa Mine
Project’s (BMMP) plans are an outrage! Listed within is also where you can
go to view the BMMP Draft EIS Statement, and when and where the public
meetings are to express your comments.


Mine pipeline could dry up Leupp wells
Sun Staff Reporter 12/03/2006

Pumping water from the aquifer near Leupp to a reopened Black Mesa Mine
would help restore hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in annual
tribal revenues. Read more

Black Mesa Project impacts include relocation

Gallup Independent
November 30, 2006

By Kathy Helms
Dine Bureau

WINDOW ROCK — Peabody Western Coal Co.’s proposed Black Mesa Project
would require the relocation of 17 Navajo households, the clearing of
more than 13,000 acres of land, and an expected decrease in groundwater

According to a Draft Environmental Impact Statement released last week
by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, the
primary impacts to people and lands adjacent to the Black Mesa Complex
are relocation, nuisance dust and noise. Read more

Arizona utility seeks investors to reopen Mohave coal plant

By Mark Golden 10/06/06

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — A publicly owned Arizona utility is on the
hunt for investors who will share its dream of restarting a shuttered
coal-fired power plant in the Nevada desert that was abandoned by its other owners.
Phoenix-based Salt River Project is working to build a new ownership group
to buy and upgrade the 1,580-megawatt Mohave Generating Station. The plant, in
Laughlin, Nev. near the Arizona border, was shut in December because its
owners hadn’t installed pollution control equipment required under a
court-approved consent decree. The plant also faced other problems, including
expiring coal and water supply contracts. To resolve a lawsuit by environmentalists
concerned about the harmful effects of pollution from Mohave on wildlife at the
nearby Grand Canyon National Park, the plant’s owners agreed to either
install pollution-control equipment or shut the plant by the end of 2005. Read more

Some question pollution tax breaks


Star-Tribune energy reporter 10/06/06
Electrical utility customers — within and outside the state — stand to
benefit from two proposed sales tax exemptions for the purchase of pollution
control equipment on refineries and power plants in Wyoming, according to
supporters of the measures.

Two tax break proposals are before the Legislature’s Minerals, Business and
Economic Development Interim Committee. They’re referred to as “incentives for
new projects/new technologies” and “continuity of existing industrial
facilities.” Both would eliminate the sales and use taxes until 2015. Read more


There was a hearing today (Tuesday) on S. 1003. This hearing was just
scheduled last week. Congressman Renzi’s office was suppose to submit an
alternative bill with no relocation and calling for a study of the
relocation issue and impacts. Instead, Congressman Renzi’s bill was never
introduced and the hearing focused solely on S. 1003. Read more