The Montana State Land Board is scheduled to hold their next public meeting on Monday, September 17th, 9:00am at the Capitol. As with other Land Board meetings, there will be several items on the agenda – not all related to coal. But this time, the Board is scheduled to take up one very important coal-related issue: expansion of the Signal Peak Mine.
Located north of Billings, the existing Signal Peak Mine is already a source of aquifer depletion and land subsidence that affects nearby ranching operations. Now the mine’s investors – FirstEnergy, Boich Companies, and the international commodity trader Gunvor Group – want to expand the existing mine and extract even more coal from the Bull Mountain area.
What’s more, investors like Gunvor have made it clear the main reason for expanding is so they can send more coal to the international market. Like the Otter Creek Mine, the Signal Peak expansion is intended mainly to produce coal exports.
Based on Land Board members’ past actions, it’s likely they’ll approve the mine expansion on September 17th. But it’s essential this doesn’t happen without a public outcry – and we need your help to make that happen. Join us on September 17th, and tell the Land Board not to approve another dirty coal export project. If you’re not comfortable speaking, you can support those who will be doing so through your presence.
The Land Board may in the end approve Signal Peak’s expansion. But by turning out in force and registering public opposition, we can build momentum to defeat new, larger, and ultimately even more important coal export projects, like the Otter Creek Mine, down the road.
Help continue the momentum from last month’s Coal Export Action. Please join us on September 17th, at 9am in Capitol Room 303, at the State Capitol in Helena!