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BLACK MESA COAL COMPLEX

The notorious Peabody Coal Company is seeking a revised permit for the Black Mesa and Kayenta coal mines, which are located on Arizona’s Navajo and Hopi reservations in Arizona and together comprise the 95,000-acre Black Mesa Coal Complex. If approved, this large-scale strip-mining operation would mine 670 million tons of coal, allowing the emission of millions of tons of greenhouse gases, depleting aquifers and drinking water supplies and lowering the surrounding area’s water table, draining springs and seeps, and hurting the threatened Little Colorado spinedace and its critical habitat.

The Center has appealed the Office of Surface Mining’s permit for expansion of the Black Mesa Coal Complex. Resolution of our appeal is expected in early 2010. 

Coal mine photo by Bert Kaufmann