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Twenty-five miners dead in Raleigh County blast
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Twenty-five miners dead in Raleigh County blast

MONTCOAL, WV — “Rescuers likely won’t be able to resume their search until at least early this evening for four West Virginia coal miners who remain unaccounted for following a huge explosion Monday afternoon that killed 25 workers, officials said early this morning. The deaths at Massey Energy’s Upper Big […]

Ohio Citizen Action’s Sandy Buchanan hails victory over mountaintop removal coal mining: “Remarkable achievement – there’s more to do”
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Ohio Citizen Action’s Sandy Buchanan hails victory over mountaintop removal coal mining: “Remarkable achievement – there’s more to do”

CLEVELAND — The Obama Administration’s crackdown on mountaintop removal coal mining, announced by U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on April 1, is a big victory for people in our sister Appalachian states and for people around the country who understand that the Appalachian mountains are a national treasure. The new […]

Baard Energy / Coal

Clean-coal project gets extension on state help, but remains stuck

COLUMBUS — “[Ohio Governor Ted] Strickland, a native of southern Ohio’s coal country, continues to support Baard’s project, [Ohio Air Quality Development Authority Executive Director Mark] Shanahan said, but the wild card is whether investors are willing to help finance it. He said he has become ‘totally skeptical’ about energy […]

Baard Energy: Ohio Citizen Action wants documents on proposed privatization of Wellsville port
Baard Energy / Coal

Baard Energy: Ohio Citizen Action wants documents on proposed privatization of Wellsville port

COLUMBUS — “Pursuant to Ohio public records law, Ohio Revised Code Section 149.43, I hereby request all records created, received by, or coming under the jurisdiction of the Columbiana County Port Authority since July, 2007, regarding the proposed privatization of the Wellsville Intermodal Terminal.” — Catherine Turcer, Director, Money in […]

Sen. Robert Byrd conciliatory in response to U.S. EPA crackdown on mountaintop removal coal mining
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Sen. Robert Byrd conciliatory in response to U.S. EPA crackdown on mountaintop removal coal mining

WASHINGTON, DC — “Today’s announcement will hopefully now have everyone reading off the same page. I, along with other elected officials, coal operators, the mining community, and environmentalists from West Virginia have been asking for a clearer, concise policy on moving forward with mountaintop mining permits and water quality issues. […]

Engineering firm seeks Baard payment
Baard Energy / Coal

Engineering firm seeks Baard payment

LISBON — “An engineering firm hired by Baard Energy is seeking payment for more than $75,000 it says is owed for services rendered in regard to the Ohio River Clean Fuels project outside Wellsville. CH2M, Inc. of Englewood, Colo., filed a lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati against […]

New regulations will put an end to mountaintop mining
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

New regulations will put an end to mountaintop mining

Obama administration proposals will make destructive mountaintop mining operations effectively impossible LONDON, UK — “The Obama administration effectively called time today on one of the most destructive industries in America, proposing new environmental guidelines for mountaintop mining removal. The move was seen as a bold action from the White House, […]

Sierra Club applauds Environmental Protection Agency for cracking down on mountaintop removal coal mining
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Sierra Club applauds Environmental Protection Agency for cracking down on mountaintop removal coal mining

Tough new policy should protect communities and waterway WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a bold new policy to protect communities and waterways from the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining. By setting tough guidance for mining near streams, the EPA will severely limit this most […]

Breaking news (NOT an April Fool’s joke): EPA actually does take “unprecedented steps” to reduce damage from mountaintop removal coal mining
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Breaking news (NOT an April Fool’s joke): EPA actually does take “unprecedented steps” to reduce damage from mountaintop removal coal mining

CHARLESTON, WV — “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is releasing a bombshell: A major new guidance document that provides the coal industry and coal-state regulators with ‘clarity’ regarding the permitting of mountaintop removal coal mining. The biggest step included? EPA is warning that water pollution from these mining operations dangerously […]

Sen. Sherrod Brown announces his co-sponsorship of S. 696, a ban on mountaintop removal coal mining
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Sen. Sherrod Brown announces his co-sponsorship of S. 696, a ban on mountaintop removal coal mining

AKRON — On Wednesday night, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown announced that he was a co-sponsor of S. 696, a bill to ban mountaintop removal coal mining. The announcement came at a political fundraiser in the Akron home of Mari-Lynn Evans, Executive Producer of the movie Coal Country, which examines mountaintop […]