Dear Concerned Citizens and Media,

On September 2,  Rev. Anthony Johnson of the Metro-Birmingham Chapter of the NAACP wrote a letter to Dr. Robert Witt, President of the University of Alabama, imploring UA to stop the Shepherd Bend Mine.   The Birmingham City Council, the Birmingham Water Works Board, countless organizations, and thousands of concerned citizens have already expressed their concern about this mine,  which would discharge wastewater into the Black Warrior’s Mulberry Fork only 800 feet from a major drinking water intake for 200,000 Birmingham-area customers.

To read Rev. Johnson’s letter click on this link: http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/pdf/NAACPShepherdBendMineLettertoUA.pdf

Black Warrior Riverkeeper is one of 22 groups who proudly joined Rev. Johnson’s petition.  We  also continue to appeal ADEM’s wastewater discharge permit for the proposed mine.  Black Warrior Riverkeeper is grateful that the NAACP is raising awareness of the crucial fact that the University of Alabama owns much of the land and minerals at Shepherd Bend.  If they decide not to lease their minerals or land there to Shepherd Bend LLC, aka Drummond, it may not be economically feasible to mine there at all.   THERE IS STILL TIME TO STOP THIS!

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Please relay your concerns about the mine to President Witt: (205) 348-5100. Concerned citizens should also email Dr. Witt and other UA System leaders: witt@pres.ua.edu; mportera@uasystem.ua.edu; mbownes@uasystem.ua.edu; mspearing@uasystem.ua.edu; rsmith@uasystem.ua.edu; kreinhar@uasystem.ua.edu; stjohnfe@bellsouth.net; cgarrison@uab.edu

Citizens, organizations, and businesses should also write letters to President Witt:

Dr. Robert E. Witt
President
The University of Alabama
Box 870100
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Since he became UA’s President in 2003, Dr. Witt has proven himself to be an incredible fundraiser. He doesn’t need to sacrifice Birmingham’s water quality and UA’s reputation just to get some more quick cash. He can raise that money through less damaging avenues.

For Clean Water and Strong Communities,

Charles Scribner

Executive Director

Black Warrior Riverkeeper

www.BlackWarriorRiver.org



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