JOINT STATEMENT: Interior Sec. Sally Jewell bows to public pressure

JOINT STATEMENT: Interior Sec. Sally Jewell bows to public pressure

DENVER—Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, bowing to public pressure, finally agreed to meet with county commissioners in Glenwood Springs on Friday evening at 8:00 PM.

Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood offered the following statement:

“Secretary Jewell made the right choice to meet with commissioners, even better would be for her to meet with members of the community who have everything to lose if the mine gets shut down. The families in Craig and the people who depend on the energy produced by the Colowyo mine deserve to be heard and their lives should take priority over a special interest group from Santa Fe.”

Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid offered the following statement:

“We look forward to meeting Secretary Jewell this Friday evening.  I hope that she will be able to give us some assurances that our miners can keep working.”

Earlier today, Advancing Colorado and Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid responded to the West End Strategy Team sending out an email blast revealing Interior Secretary Sally Jewell would be taking “full advantage” of what Colorado has to offer on her trip and that her trip would include “a rafting trip in Browns Canyon that will highlight the importance of the conservation of outdoor recreation space in our country.”

Recently, Jewell rejected pleas to request a delay of a judge’s Colowyo mine 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.