Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Poisons Appalachia's Waterways

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I remember the first time I saw a mountaintop-removal coal mining site - Kayford Mountain in southern West Virginia. Their lives are never the same when a mountaintop-removal coal mine starts blasting. Many folks here in Appalachia have streams or creeks running through their back yard. Pollution from mountaintop-removal mining has poisoned many of our streams making them dangerous for certain fish and other aquatic life.

Ison Rock in Virginia Saved from Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining, For Now

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Mountain lovers everywhere high-fived today when the news came down that the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has denied a surface mine permit for the Ison Rock Ridge mine in southwest Virginia. While A&G Coal Company, the ones applying for the permit, said they will appeal, this is a great grassroots victory for now. Good work is happening against mountaintop removal coal mining!

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Agencies Dodge Responsibility for Human Cost of Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining

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This week, we got some disappointing news - a judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers isn't responsible for considering the health effects of coal pollution when it issues permits to fill valleys with rubble from mountaintop-removal coal mines. Now, instead of dishes, think about what happens when no one chooses to take responsibility for the terrible effects coal pollution has on public health. Coal Coal-Director Health

Two More Victories in the Fight Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

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While the fight to end mountaintop removal coal mining is still far from over, we are celebrating today's ruling by the U.S. Circuit on a massive mountaintop removal project, the Spruce Mine. The court affirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority under the Clean Water Act to veto mountaintop removal coal mining permits after they've been issued. 1 mine in Logan County, West Virginia.

The News Just Keeps Getting Worse for West Virginia (and It Doesn't Stop There)

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Earlier this week, my West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the following about whether people should be drinking the water in Charleston and downstream: "It's your decision.I'm " For the 300,000 people affected by the coal chemical spill from two weeks ago, I bet that's very reassuring. And it gets worse -- how about this article featuring a former WV coal miner, Joe Stanley, who says : "I watched the coal industry poison our water for years.

One Volunteer's Story of the West Virginia Elk River Chemical Spill

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Running alongside the Little Coal River in Boone County, West Virginia is the sleepy town of Van. Thankfully, a corps of community-minded citizens has risen to moment, delivering water to underserved areas throughout the region, calling in to let folks know when water has been delivered to local stores and acting as a rapid response team for folks in need in central and southern West Virginia. Coal Consequences Dirty Fuels Health

Standing Up for Clean Water When States Won't

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Imagine that you've grown up in a beautiful, hilly countryside near many streams where you played and fished as a child. Now, years later, you can't even let your own kids or grandkids play in those same waterways because of pollution from a nearby mountaintop-removal coal mine. Such is the reality for thousands of people living in small Appalachian communities across West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky. "Mountaintop

Appalachian Families Denied Clean Water Travel to Washington to Demand Action

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Environmental Protection Agency office to demand an end to mountaintop removal coal mining. Elaine Tanner and her partner Jimmy Hall have both experienced, up close and personal, the destruction caused by mountaintop removal coal mining. The Kentucky natives are fighting a coal company they claim poisoned their well water. " The mining has blown away their land over the years, too. Coal Coal-Director Health Safe and Healthy Communities

New Study Offers First Comprehensive Picture of Appalachian Energy Development

Nature Conservancy - Science

Coal trucks rumble over mountain roads. Coauthored by Nature Conservancy scientists Judy Dunscomb , Jeffrey Evans , and Joseph Kiesecker , the study uses data on energy resources from state and federal agencies to model energy development potential for wind, shale gas, and coal in a 15-state region. The Appalachian region is a global hotspot for plant and animal diversity, with some of the most diverse, intact, and connected temperate forests and freshwater streams in the world.

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World Water Crisis

The Green Changemakers

Read more: [link] Melissa Farlow / Blue Planet Run Next Back Dirty Water Foul-smelling water mixed with coal had been running from Kenny Stroud's faucet for more than a decade before clean tap water was finally provided by the city of Rawl, West Virginia. World Water Crisis Scott Warren / Aurora Next Back The Staff of Life Water, Earth's most precious resource, serves simultaneously as habitat, nourishment and cleanser.

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