Public Hearing July 7 for New Mountaintop Removal Application On Coal River Mountain


Jun 30, 2015

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Federal Agency Wants Mountaintop Removal Health Review


Jun 6, 2015

According to an article in the Charleston Gazette, "The federal Office of Surface Mining plans to recommend that the National Academy of Sciences review a series of studies that have found that residents living near mountaintop removal mining operations face increased risks of serious illnesses and premature death." http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150605/GZ01/150609468/1419

Dear Sec. Jewell,
 
You were quoted today in the Charleston Gazette as being willing to meet with citizens living near large-scale strip mines and hear our concerns, if you are invited to do so.

On behalf of Coal River Mountain Watch, a citizens' group opposing mountaintop removal and the resulting health impacts, I invite you to do so. You can see a mountaintop removal site that is not groomed as a show site, meet the people whose lives are threatened by this deadly practice, and hear our proposal for a "time out" for new permits unless and until mountaintop removal is proven safe for those of us who breathe the fallout. We feel that a health study review, without a pause on new permits, only drags out the time that our people are forced to breathe the deadly blasting dust from these sites. The Precautionary Principle dictates that people be protected until this process is proven to be safe.

At Coal River Mountain Watch, we provide frequent tours to reporters, student groups, and others who are interested in the coal industry's impacts to our communities. In a few short hours, you can visit an active mountaintop removal site above a community and visit the Upper Big Branch memorials just minutes from our office. We would take you to the old Marsh Fork Elementary School (400 yards downstream from a Massey-now-Alpha 2.8-billion-gallon sludge dam, 225 feet from a coal silo, and surrounded by a 2,000-acre mountaintop removal site) and the new Marsh Fork Elementary. The new school doesn't have those hazards yet, but Alpha is proposing new mountaintop removal upstream of the school.
 
 
The federal Office of Surface Mining plans to recommend that the National Academy of Sciences review a series of studies that have found that residents living near mountaintop removal mining operations face increased risks of serious illnesses and premature death. - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150605/GZ01/150609468/1419#sthash.txbaNAu4.dpuf
The federal Office of Surface Mining plans to recommend that the National Academy of Sciences review a series of studies that have found that residents living near mountaintop removal mining operations face increased risks of serious illnesses and premature death. - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150605/GZ01/150609468/1419#sthash.txbaNAu4.dpuf
The federal Office of Surface Mining plans to recommend that the National Academy of Sciences review a series of studies that have found that residents living near mountaintop removal mining operations face increased risks of serious illnesses and premature death. - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150605/GZ01/150609468/1419#sthash.txbaNAu4.dpuf
The federal Office of Surface Mining plans to recommend that the National Academy of Sciences review a series of studies that have found that residents living near mountaintop removal mining operations face increased risks of serious illnesses and premature death. - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150605/GZ01/150609468/1419#sthash.txbaNAu4.dpuf
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Please Vote For The Judy Bonds Center For Appalachian Preservation


May 14, 2015

Coal River Mountain Watch's cause Judy Bonds Center is competing for one of 40 $25,000 grants from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program.  Voting is May 14 and runs through June 3.  Facebook users may cast 10 votes per day each day during the voting period, and each vote can be for the same cause if so desired.  You can cast all 10 times at once here: https://www.state-assist.com/cause/1504599/judy-bonds-center

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New Mountaintop Removal Application For Coal River Mountain


May 5, 2015

New mountaintop removal application on Coal River Mountain, 847 acres that we expect to be followed by another 1,200 acres or so. We'll post more details soon.  Mountaintop removal kills people. Please help us build resistance to this next assault. Standing up to Alpha, the world's third largest metallurgical coal supplier, takes time and money. Please share and help out with a donation of $10 or more. Also, please email the WVDEP permit supervisor, Thomas.E.Wood@wv.gov, to tell him that you oppose the many hazards that would come with permit S300115, or send a letter to the address below. Thanks!
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Report From Jeff Biggers : CREDO Launches National Drive To End Cancer-Linked Mountaintop Removal Mining


Apr 13, 2015

Calling for a "national, coordinated response to the humanitarian disaster of mountaintop removal mining," CREDO Action launched an extraordinary petition drive this past weekend for Congress to pass the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act (ACHE Act) and place an immediate moratorium on "the deadliest and most destructive form of coal mining." Within 24 hours, over 50,000 signatures had joined the campaign.

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Two Crayfishes Threatened By Mountaintop-removal Mining In West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia Proposed For Endangered Species List


Apr 6, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— In response to a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service todayproposed to protect two species of crayfish from Appalachia under the Endangered Species Act. The crayfishes have been lost from more than half of their ranges because of water pollution, primarily from coal mining. The Big Sandy crayfish is known only from the Big Sandy River basin in eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia and southern West Virginia; the Guyandotte River crayfish is known only from the Guyandotte River basin in southern West Virginia

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Legal Action Taken To Protect West Virginia From Lax Oversight Of Mountaintop- Removal Coal Mining


Mar 17, 2015

For Immediate Release, March 17, 2015
Legal Action Taken to Protect West Virginia From Lax Oversight of Mountaintop- Removal Coal MiningState Agency’s Failure to Enforce Law Endangers People, EnvironmentCHARLESTON, W.Va.— Seven local, regional and national groups today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Office of Surface Mining for failing to intervene on West Virginia’s lax oversight of mountaintop-removal and other destructive surface coal mining — a state program that has, for decades, allowed the coal industry to ravage the environment, putting people at risk and destroying local communities.

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