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

Sierra Club Compass

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 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. Beyond West Virginia, need another example of how close to home this contamination can be?

Strong Grassroots Activism Helps Defeat Mountaintop Removal Scheme in Virginia

Sierra Club Compass

Last week, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) upheld an earlier decision to deny a permit for a mountaintop-removal mine on Ison Rock Ridge in Wise County in southwest Virginia after an appeal by the A&G Coal Corporation. The state has given A&G Coal permission to blow up our mountain and poison our streams. " Congratulations to the families of Virginia for this hard-fought victory! -- Brian Foley.


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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. While state and federal agencies have focused on getting water to the big towns in the region, like Charleston, only dedicated volunteers have made the journey to Van, and innumerable other places like it in the sparsely populated valleys and hollows that make up much of the region left without running water by the Freedom Industries chemical spill.

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. The mine would have buried about 14,000 feet of streams with more than 11 million cubic yards of rock and dirt in nine valley fills.

An example of why environmental valuation is needed

Environmental Economics

Luckily, the article actually gives an idea of the magnitude: In West Virginia’s Appalachian mountains, fish are vanishing. The people opposed to the coal industry are trying to pile on with more studies,” said Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association. “It 57 percent higher than the average for industrial jobs,” according to the National Mining Association.

Saving the Forest for the Beers

Nature Conservancy - Science

Now, he grows hops on his Northern Virginia home. Areas that can support a forest can support a stream.”. They are where headwater streams originate. Those little streams feed into bigger streams as they flow down a mountain, eventually leading to the basins that supply water for a variety of uses. Whether you’re drinking a mass-produced light beer or a super-rare farmhouse sour, chances are it originated in a small mountain stream.

West Virginians and North Carolinians Agree - It's Time for Serious Environmental Protections

Sierra Club Compass

In the wake of dangerous coal chemical and coal ash spills in their states already this year, West Virginia and North Carolina voters have gotten a wake-up call on the need for environmental and public health protections - and they know it. You can throw the coal industry''s conventional wisdom out the window," says Mary Anne Hitt, Director of the Sierra Club''s Beyond Coal Campaign.

Speaking Out for Clean Water Protections

Sierra Club Compass

As a mom who loves to take my little three-year-old daughter swimming, fishing, and boating in the streams and rivers of West Virginia where I live, I know how much is at stake. Our lakes and rivers should not be the coal industry's sewers and toxic trash dumps. But forty years after the Act was passed, the coal industry is still polluting with impunity, thanks to a loophole no other industry has enjoyed. Today was a great day for clean water.

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New Study Offers First Comprehensive Picture of Appalachian Energy Development

Nature Conservancy - Science

It incorporates input provided by the energy industry, regulators, and other researchers. 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. Despite the critical importance of these natural resources, we have not, as a society, considered the cumulative impacts of current and future energy development to forests, streams, and other habitats.

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One Big Step Closer to Ending Mountaintop Removal - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

In a landmark announcement, Patriot Coal, one of Appalachia's three largest mountaintop removal companies, has signed a settlement agreement with the Sierra Club, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition , and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy committing to end its practice of large scale surface mining in Appalachia, and to retire much of its mountaintop removal equipment, including two massive mining machines called draglines. Compass. « Coal Ash Dumps Threaten Our Health | Main.

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End of the Hemlocks, a Lament

Conservancy Talk

City crews came during the day while most of us were at work and cut down dozens of trees in one particularly industrious day. Hemlock forests make for good trout streams and are homes to happy salamanders. I’ve rafted West Virginia’s Gauley River and agree with the guides who say the Gauley resembles a western river , not only because of its wild whitewater but also its coniferous forest canopy – up to 50 percent of the canyon’s steep slopes are covered in hemlock. .

WSSA Says Biofuel Best Practices are Imperative to Protect Against Plant Invaders

Green (Living) Review

LAWRENCE, Kansas : The biofuels industry is hitting its stride, with both small farms and large-scale plantations producing renewable crops that can be converted to energy. assistant professor of Invasive Plant Ecology at Virginia Tech. “In Barney says it is imperative that the biofuels industry adopt best management practices to minimize the risk of weed-like crops spreading beyond the growing field.

Citizen Science Tuesday: Horseshoe Crab Survey

Nature Conservancy - Science

As a conservation measure, the state of New Jersey passed a law in 2008 making it illegal to harvest horseshoe crabs, and Delaware, Virginia, and Maryland all have strict harvest quotas, but the population has been slow to recover. “It’s Perhaps most importantly for people, horseshoe crabs are used in the biomedical industry. That prevents the bacteria from entering their blood stream. Horseshoe crabs spawning in Mispillion Harbor, Delaware. Photo by Gregory Breese/USFWS.

Sustainable Communities

The Green Changemakers

[link] Communities as Living Systems | Benefits | Community Metabolism | Eco-Industrial Parks Industrial Ecosystems | Municipal Infrastructure | Business Opportunities | Communities and Sustainable Agriculture Integrative Regional Action Planning The Unsustainability of Cities Patterns of urban development are a particular focus of concern in the search for a path to a sustainable world. Cities concentrate industrial development and its pollution.

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8 Ways & Whys to Reuse Plastic

The Green Changemakers

communities’ recycling stream since PET (#1) and HDPE (#2) make up 96 percent of all plastic bottles produced in the U.S. As pointed out, Austin artist Virginia Fleck did just that, and they turned out great (if we may say so ourselves). by Raquel Fagan As many people know, reuse is a step up from recycling.

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Curitiba – Designing a sustainable city

The Green Changemakers

For most of his existence, Man has been a hunter-gather, it is only in the last 11,000 years he has been an agriculturalist, and in the second half of the last century, industrial agriculture has appeared. Cove Brook is a small stream that flows through Farnborough (small town southwest of London). When it rains, and the hills become waterlogged, the stream turns into a raging torrent and the golf course turns into a lake.

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