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Ron Ramsey’s mine canary
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Ron Ramsey’s mine canary

CHATTANOOGA, TN — “The civic travesty of so-called mountain-top removal mining, though widely used in West Virginia and in some other Appalachian states, has not yet laid waste to much of Tennessee. At the moment, just four of Tennessee’s peaks and the valleys below them are subject to utter despoliation: […]

Did a ‘quiet dinner’ with Gov. Ted Strickland result in $5 million in public money going to Baard’s rejected coal refinery project?
Baard Energy / Coal

Did a ‘quiet dinner’ with Gov. Ted Strickland result in $5 million in public money going to Baard’s rejected coal refinery project?

COLUMBUS — On March 5, Catherine Turcer, Director, Money in Politics Project, Ohio Citizen Action, sent a formal public records request to Ohio Governor Ted Strickland for documents about the circumstances of a sudden turnaround in Baard Energy’s fortunes. The company’s coal refinery project, which had been turned down twice previously for […]

Gubernatorial candidates — don’t spend our tax dollars on another dirty coal plant
Baard Energy / Coal

Gubernatorial candidates — don’t spend our tax dollars on another dirty coal plant

COLUMBUS — 5,628 Ohio Citizen Action members and friends have written to Governor Ted Strickland and gubernatorial candidate John Kasich, urging them to discontinue using our tax dollars on the proposed Baard Energy coal refinery in Wellsville, in Columbiana County, Ohio.  The proposed refinery will burn 9.3 million tons of […]

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) is the 166th co-sponsor for mountaintop removal mining ban
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) is the 166th co-sponsor for mountaintop removal mining ban

WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Bill Foster, a second term northern Illinois Democrat has signed on as the 166th co-sponsor, including chief sponsor Frank Pallone (D-NJ) of the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 1310). The bill would effectively ban the practice of mountaintop removal coal mining. Before running for Congress, Foster […]

Coal / Mountaintop Removal

EPA report: Streams near mining toxic

CHARLESTON, WV — “Water quality downstream from surface coal-mining operations in West Virginia and Kentucky greatly exceeds recommended toxicity limits, according to previously unreleased sampling data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA scientists found toxicity levels as high as 50 times the federal guidelines in water downstream from mining operations. […]

28 Christian groups appeal to Obama and the EPA to cease mountaintop removal coal mining
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

28 Christian groups appeal to Obama and the EPA to cease mountaintop removal coal mining

WASHINGTON, DC — “The groups are asking EPA to close the Clean Water Act loophole and restore the original Clean Water Act protections, which would prohibit coal companies from masquerading their waste as ‘fill.’ ‘As Christians, we are called to be good stewards of God’s creation, to love and care […]

165th co-sponsor for mountaintop removal coal mining ban, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL)
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

165th co-sponsor for mountaintop removal coal mining ban, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL)

Mountaintop removal mining ban U.S. House co-sponsors WASHINGTON, DC — On Friday, Congressman Mike Quigley, first-term Chicago Democrat signed on as a sponsor of the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 1310), an effective ban on mountaintop removal coal mining. Quigley holds the congressional seat first occupied by Stephen Douglas, Abraham […]

Routine review of grant expected
Baard Energy / Coal

Routine review of grant expected

LISBON — “The state will review the expenditure of grant money used by the Columbiana County Port Authority to secure the rights to purchase property for the Baard Energy project as part of a planned review and not in response to a letter from an advocacy group. Ohio Citizen Action […]

Letter to Governor Ted Strickland
Baard Energy / Coal

Letter to Governor Ted Strickland

DAYTON — “I was excited to see on a recent trip the wind farms in the Lafayette area. The fifth grade class that I teach are taking part in a program encouraging children to become aware of and minimize wasteful energy use, and then going home and passing this information […]

Poverty and tyranny central to immoral practice of mountain destruction, water and air poisoning
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Poverty and tyranny central to immoral practice of mountain destruction, water and air poisoning

WASHINGTON, DC — “United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts has observed that, through Massey’s brand of mountaintop removal, CEO Don Blankenship has ’caused more suffering to more people in Appalachia than any other human being.’ Both the Catholic and Presbyterian churches have condemned mountaintop removal as ‘sinful’ because […]