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Mountaintop mining poisons fish
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Mountaintop mining poisons fish

WINSTON- SALEM, NC — “Dead and deformed fish indicate selenium pollution from mountaintop coal mining is causing permanent damage to the environment and poses serious health risks, says a Wake Forest University biologist who will brief U.S. Senators on his research Feb. 23. Selenium pollution affects fish first, so they […]

Baard still coming, chamber official says
Baard Energy / Coal

Baard still coming, chamber official says

WELLSVILLE – “The Baard Energy plant is still a reality and is coming to the area, according to Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce President Randy Allmon.Allmon told the chamber Thursday a meeting was held with Baard officials and ‘they are still coming.’ After the chamber meeting, Allmon said he and […]

Another voice, another record, to stop mountaintop removal coal mining
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Another voice, another record, to stop mountaintop removal coal mining

WASHINGTON, DC — “Another co-sponsorship record was achieved today when Rep. Michael Michaud (D) of Maine’s 2nd District became the 164th co-sponsor to sign onto the Clean Water Protection Act (H.R. 1310), an effective ban on mountaintop removal coal mining.  Rep. Michaud is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure […]

What’s the matter with Midwestern Democrats and Coal?
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What’s the matter with Midwestern Democrats and Coal?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Have they turned their backs on the great American pastoral and our devastated coalfield communities and gobbled up the hook-line-and-sinker of Big Coal public relations shams and Big Coal lobby money? Instead of making false promises of more boom-bust jobs in a heavily mechanized industry—strip mining strips […]

Another Massey coal slurry spill in Martin County
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Another Massey coal slurry spill in Martin County

“This morning Kentuckians for the Commonwealth member Mickey McCoy, a resident of Martin County, discovered that a stream near his home, the Coldwater Fork, was running gray and black from a slurry spill at a coal processing facility owned by Massey Energy. These types of spills threaten the health of […]

Minor slurry spill reported in Martin County, Kentucky
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Minor slurry spill reported in Martin County, Kentucky

MARTIN COUNTY, KY — “The Martin County Sheriff’s Office says a slurry spill has been reported along Coldwater Branch, which is also Route 908. Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com that the spill was reported between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Tuesday. They say Martin County Coal contacted the Kentucky Environmental Protection Agency […]

Massey changes executives’ severance formula
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Massey changes executives’ severance formula

CHARLESTON, WV — “Massey Energy says it’s changed the way it would pay severance packages for several top executives if the Richmond, Va.-based coal company is sold. Massey says in a regulatory filing that Chief Executive Don Blankenship and three others would receive fixed lump sum cash payments under a […]

Not defending EPA
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Not defending EPA

Rahall says he’s not defending the EPA BECKLEY, WV — “Some 200 members of the House proposed legislation to abolish the method, but it went to the Roads and Transportation Committee, where Rahall is vice chairman. ‘I blocked it,’ he said. ‘I kept it from even having a hearing on […]

Baard Energy / Coal / Research & Reports

The arithmetic shows coal-to-liquid refineries can’t make U.S. more energy independent

COLUMBUS — “Baard Energy says its proposed coal-to-liquid refinery for Wellsville will help the United States become more more energy independent. Sounds great, but the arithmetic doesn’t work. Let’s start at the refinery level. Typically, for every one ton of coal fed into a refinery using this technology, two barrels […]

Report: Mountaintop-removal damage outlives ‘reclamation’
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Report: Mountaintop-removal damage outlives ‘reclamation’

CHARLESTON, WV — “Mountaintop-removal mining continues to damage the environment long after regulators sign off that mine sites have been properly reclaimed, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. GAO investigators found that mountaintop removal damages water quality, reforestation efforts need improvement, and mine operators often […]