Coal Mining Costing West Virginia $97.5 Million

Green Living Ideas

Despite the PR campaigns by the coal lobby that imply that the state relies on coal income, an analysis by The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy finds that actually coal cost the state of West Virginia more than it took in. The [.] [ Coal Mining Costing West Virginia $97.5 million coal coal mining costs West Virginia

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Poisons Appalachia's Waterways

Sierra Club Compass

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. Pollution from mountaintop-removal mining has poisoned many of our streams making them dangerous for certain fish and other aquatic life. They then dump millions of tons of rubble and toxic waste into the streams and valleys below the mining sites.

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

Sierra Club Compass

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!

Will Your Tax Dollars Fund a Highway that's a Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine in Disguise?

Sierra Club Compass

to protest a Virginia coal boondoggle that has set its sights on $2 billion of your federal tax dollars. Mountaintop removal coal mining is already a shocking, devastating, and destructive practice on its own - but what happens when you add in coal companies making deals with state and federal transportation agencies in order to seize private land and blow it up for coal? Well then you get the planned Coalfields Expressway in Southwest Virginia.

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

Sierra Club Compass

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

Sierra Club Compass

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.

Activist Profile: National Christian Denomination Stands Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Sierra Club Compass

One of the best parts of my work is that I get to be inspired, every day, by the stories of people who are taking action – and taking leadership – to rein in coal pollution and move America to clean energy. I’m so excited to hand the blog over to her today for a guest post, to share some great news about an important recent victory she lead in the struggle to end mountaintop removal coal mining. Coal Coal-Director Energy Solutions Health Safe and Healthy Communities

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

Sierra Club Compass

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

From East to West, Good News for Wilderness and Communities Threatened by Coal Projects

Sierra Club Compass

In the past week we've received good news on major proposed coal projects that pose a threat to communities and beautiful places, from both the eastern U.S.   First, last Friday a federal court cited climate change as a major reason for rejecting federal agencies' approval of a coal mine expansion plan that would bulldoze roads through the pristine and beautiful Sunset Roadless Area wilderness in Western Colorado. Coal Coal-Director Our Wild America

Coal Chemical Spill Contaminates Water for 300,000 West Virginians

Sierra Club Compass

On Thursday night, a chemical spill on the Elk River in West Virginia, just two miles above the Elk River water treatment plant near Charleston, contaminated drinking water for more than 300,000 residents in central and southern West Virginia. The spill, which occurred at a Freedom Industries storage facility, involved a 48,000 gallon tank of a chemical used to treat coal before it's sent off to be burned at coal-fired power plants.

New Spate of Coal Bills in Congress Threaten Air, Water, and Public Health

Sierra Club Compass

This week, Senator Mitch McConnell unveiled legislation that would force the Environmental Protection Agency to speed up its permitting process for new coal mines instead of taking the needed time to review these proposed projects for potential polluting runoff. This is just the latest in a recent spate of legislative moves by King Coal's buddies in Congress that would handcuff the EPA at the expense of clean air, clean water, and our public health.

Standing Up for Clean Water When States Won't

Sierra Club Compass

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 This week the Sierra Club joined the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition in filing a series of legal actions.

"A Curious Plan to Fight Climate Change"

Environmental Economics

Until that day in April, Mr. Clarke, 61, had never been in a coal mine. Patriot sold not only the troubled Federal mine to Mr. Clarke, but also several other mines that were no longer in operation, including a sprawling surface mine carved from the top of a mountain in southern West Virginia. Mr. Clarke’s new company agreed to clean up the shuttered mines and reclaim the land that had been ravaged. But the mine has struggled from low coal prices.

Appalachian Families Denied Clean Water Travel to Washington to Demand Action

Sierra Club Compass

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

An example of why environmental valuation is needed

Environmental Economics

The headline says "mountaintop removal for coal hurts water quality and harms fish." Luckily, the article actually gives an idea of the magnitude: In West Virginia’s Appalachian mountains, fish are vanishing. A  new government study  traces the decline in abundance to  mountaintop removal , the controversial coal mining practice of clear cutting trees from mountains before blowing off their tops with explosives.

Kentucky's Coal Challenges -- Public Health, Clean Water, and Clean Air

Sierra Club Compass

This week's column focuses on some big coal-related news items out of the Bluegrass State, where some inspiring Beyond Coal activists are making waves.   That good decision news comes along with a bad one: A Kentucky judge just ruled that a mountaintop- removal coal mine in Knott County does "not significantly affect the quality of the human environment."   Finally, we switch to the Kentucky coal industry's air pollution.

Volunteer Profile: Getting Water to WV Residents - Fighting to Keep WV Water Clean

Sierra Club Compass

Jen-Osha, her staff and a band of volunteers spend their time raising awareness about the dangers of mountaintop removal coal mining, promoting local arts and engaging in educational programs for youth in West Virginia. Uncommon in normal times, the impulse to reach out and help those in need, has turned into the driving passion for many in West Virginia. But right now, across West Virginia people are showing just how strong our communities truly are. 

Singing Against Mountaintop Removal

Eco Friendly Daily

Mountaintop removal is a cheap way to extract coal from mountains. This method of coal mining isn’t new and has been happening in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee for quite some time. It started in Appalachia in the 1970s, and residents as well as non-residents alike want this method of coal mining to stop. This method of coal mining might be cheap, but it’s destructive to more than just the environment.

Celebrating the 1,000th Sierra Club Solar Home

Sierra Club Compass

It's been more than two years since my husband and I installed solar panels on the roof of our home in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. I love knowing that our home is more powered by the sun, and less by dirty coal mined by blowing up the beautiful mountains in Appalachia. "   Join us in the solar revolution ! -- Mary Anne Hitt, Beyond Coal Campaign Director. Coal Coal-Director Energy Solutions Health

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David Keeps Winning: 10 Recent Victories That Will Give You Hope for the Planet

Sierra Club Compass

  Each one of these campaigns represents a major victory for local families, who point to these coal projects as threats to the safety of their kids and communities. They also add up to a sea change in how we make electricity in America: 178 coal plants and 505 coal boilers, one-third of U.S. coal plants, are now retired or slated to retire. West Virginia: In late August, the D.C. Coal Coal-Director Energy Solutions Health

Coal Ash Bill Fails to Protect Public Health

Sierra Club Compass

A coal ash/slurry impoundment at a mountaintop removal coal mine in West Virginia. million children living near coal ash waste sites who have an increased risk of being diagnosed with cancer, heart damage, lung disease, respiratory distress, and a host of other life-threatening illnesses. Coal ash is the toxic by-product that is left over after coal is burned for electricity. Coal Politics Safe and Healthy Communities

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Others March to Save Historic Mountain from Mining

Eccorazzi

Any greenie will tell you that mountaintop removal mining is a bad idea. Not only does the practice— which involves blowing the top of mountains off with explosives— destroy acres and acres of forest and habitats for many (sometimes endangered) species of animals, but the end result is often more coal to be burned in CO2-emitting power plants. In 1921, a battle took place at Blair Mountain between 10,000 coal miners and the mine operators.

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2014 Grassroots Anti-Coal Movements To Watch

Sierra Club Compass

Wherever there are coal mines, coal shipping ports, and power plants around the globe, local communities are fighting back against deadly pollution and economic destruction. Today, the Sierra Club released our fourth annual report on some of the world’s major, ongoing grassroots coal fights around the world. This year, the danger coal poses to local communities has never been more apparent. Coal India International

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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. An open-pit coal mine. Each wind farm, gas well, or coal mine is considered individually, one at a time.

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Former Coal Miner to Obama: Set Strong Carbon Pollution Limits on Coal Plants

Sierra Club Compass

The following is testimony from Nick Mullins, a former coal miner from Virginia, given Thursday before the Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Washington, DC, on carbon pollution standards. My name is Nick Mullins and I am a 4th generation former underground coal miner from Southwestern Virginia. The proud heritage of the coal miner has been soiled by the greed of an industry that knows no bounds in its exploitation of decent, hardworking people. 

Will Mountaintop Removal be a Thing of the Past?

Eco Friendly Daily

Mountaintop mining (MTM) is a process similar to strip mining, which is used to extract coal from mountains. West Virginia is a common hotspot for MTM, but when those natural landscapes and resources are gone, what location is the U.S. If developing countries model their coal mining from the U.S., While MTM is a cheaper and quicker method of extracting coal, it’s going to have consequences that punish our eagerness for coal in the long run.

2014 Grassroots Anti-Coal Movements To Watch

Sierra Club Compass

Wherever there are coal mines, coal shipping ports, and power plants around the globe, local communities are fighting back against deadly pollution and economic destruction. Today, the Sierra Club released our fourth annual report on some of the world’s major, ongoing grassroots coal fights around the world. This year, the danger coal poses to local communities has never been more apparent. Coal India International

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Coal Use Declining Across U.S. Due To Natural Gas

Eco Friendly Daily

Coal has been used globally for centuries, helping to assist nations prosper with the cheap fuel source. Unfortunately coal is also responsible for a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide pollutants. Climate change, acid rain and smog can all be linked to the use of coal. But due to the accessibility and cheapness, coal has remained the go-to energy source for many nations across the world, including the United States.

Natural Gas or Coal: It’s All About the Leak Rate

Nature Conservancy - Science

When it comes to generating electricity, coal is a dirty fuel. It’s dirty to mine, dirty to burn, and dirty to dispose of the ash. ( But, until recently coal was the cheapest fuel for electric power, so it has been widely used across the U.S. Last year about 32% of our nation’s CO 2 emissions came from coal-fired power plants. From the mine to the power plant, there is little loss of coal to the environment.

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Would-be Coal Exporters Scheme To Avoid Paying Worker Benefits

Sightline Daily

Amid all the “jobs, jobs” cheers from Northwest coal export proponents, two of the biggest players in the debate have embarked on a scheme to weasel out of paying retirement and health benefits to their workers. In a nutshell, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal spun off companies that became Patriot Coal, saddled them with as much of their worker-benefit and environmental liability as they could get away with, and then watched as Patriot went bust. This is appalling.

Massive Crowds Turning Out to Oppose Coal Exports - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

This Sierra Clubbers DIY Car » Massive Crowds Turning Out to Oppose Coal Exports. " That's what a former West Virginian, who now lives in Oregon, told federal officials this week at one of the many recent blockbuster public hearings on coal exports. From Spokane to Bellingham, Washington, people are standing up for public health, clean air, and clean water as they say NO to the proposed coal export terminals. Coal-Director. Compass.

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Ontario Cares Aboot Coal | Mother Jones

Mother Jones

Ontario Cares Aboot Coal. 17, 2013 10:06 AM PST Tweet Ontarios coal-fired Lambton Generating Station is scheduled to close this year. Flickr Ontario, Canada's most populous province, will become the first jurisdiction in North America to boot coal completely out of its energy mix, the province's Minister of Energy, Chris Bentley, announced last week. Will Colleges Kick Coal out of Their Stockings? Skip to Navigation. Skip to Content. Mother Jones. Politics.

Cargo bikes

Sightline Daily

It’s been a hard few months for us fossil-fuel-addicted societies: calamity in the Gulf of Mexico; coal mining disasters in China, West Virginia, and Russia; still-frustrated attempts to win climate and clean-energy policies in Salem, Olympia, and Washington, DC. Editor’s Note: A slow holiday week at the office makes room for some old favorites. Enjoy this top post from summer 2010.

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Can Cities Save the Planet?

The Green Changemakers

17, 2008, at 6:58 AM ET According to Timothy Beatley, an urban-planning professor at the University of Virginia and the author of Green Urbanism , the per-capita carbon dioxide emissions of American cities are almost twice as high as those of their European counterparts. For example, to reduce the number of coal-fired generating plants, nuclear capacity in the United States will have to be doubled. Scientists are skeptical. Planners are hopeful. The Dutch are pragmatic.

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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