Interior Sec. Jewell to go rafting, but no visit to Craig?

Interior Sec. Jewell to go rafting, but no visit to Craig?

DENVER—Today, the West End Strategy Team sent out an email blast revealing Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be taking “full advantage” of what Colorado has to offer on her trip and it will include “a rafting trip in Browns Canyon that will highlight the importance of the conservation of outdoor recreation space in our country.”

Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood offered the following statement:

“Secretary Jewell needs a cold splash of reality and needs to make the visit to the Colowyo mine because she doesn’t seem to understand the dangerous impacts of the Santa Fe-based WildEarth Guardians’ lawsuit, nor does she seem to take seriously the fact this lawsuit will economically capsize an entire community.”

Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid offered the following statement:

“The optics of the secretary giving a speech in Aspen and not including a side trip to Northwest Colorado are horrible. We are at the epicenter of Department of Interior activity and our miners need to hear from her.”

Recently, Jewell rejected pleas to request a delay of the Colowyo mine case ruling’s order. Jewell will visit Colorado on Friday and she will deliver remarks to the Aspen Institute.

The Aspen institute is just a three hour drive from Craig, where residents are worried over the threat of the job-producing coal mine shutting down as a result of U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson’s ruling against the Colowyo coal mine. The mining operation provides 220 jobs.

The May 8 ruling in favor of WildEarth Guardians, the Santa Fe-based anti-coal group, has sparked outrage across the state, and hundreds of companies have dropped their support of the radical group.