threats from fossil fuel extraction to residents, water supplies, wildlife, and
farmland cannot be ignored. We need the Illinois Department of Natural
Resources to crack down on coal companies that flout the law to increase their profits.
Take action by telling Governor Quinn that we need stronger
protections against mining, and urge him to crack down on fossil fuel companies
that threaten our communities.
Protect the Prairie State From Mining!
Dear Governor Quinn, [Decision Maker],
Across Illinois, communities are threatened by big coal companies that want to dig up the Prairie State in pursuit of dirty fuels. We are facing an explosion in fossil fuel extraction in our state, and we need Illinois DNR to step up protections for our people, water, and wildlife, and to crack down on the companies flaunting our laws to increase their profits.I urge you to review IDNR's mining regulations and take steps to ensure they comply with federal mining laws. Illinois should do more to protect drinking water from mining pollution, and should not allow big coal companies to dam up our streams or store their dirty waste in unsafe impoundments, creating safety hazards for communities below. Before any extraction permits are issued, IDNR scientists who monitor our water and wildlife must be consulted and and their concerns heeded. Illinois should vigorously enforce the law against all who would cut corners to increase profits, and should not issue new permits to those who won't comply with their existing ones.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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