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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 […]

Baard Energy wants to build an “Ohio River Clean Fuels Coal-To-Liquids Facility” in Wellsville. What is that? What would it look like?
Baard Energy / Coal / Research & Reports

Baard Energy wants to build an “Ohio River Clean Fuels Coal-To-Liquids Facility” in Wellsville. What is that? What would it look like?

COLUMBUS — “It would help neighbors in Wellsville and the surrounding area to know what a plant like Baard Energy wants to build looks like in real life. Here is one, in Secunda, South Africa, that uses the same technology Baard plans to use. If this looks like a refinery, […]

New leader looks to fire up Sierra Club
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

New leader looks to fire up Sierra Club

ALAMEDA, CA — “Also at the top of Brune’s first-year hit list is bringing an end to the coal industry’s ‘mountaintop removal’ mining practices. Mountaintop removal, which occurs mostly in the Appalachian states, involves using an explosive charge to remove the top 300 or 400 feet of a mountain to […]

AMP / Coal

AMP: Meigs County site not prepped for natural gas

LETART FALLS — “Even if American Municipal Power decides to proceed with a natural gas-fired power plant for its Letart Falls site in Meigs County, there is no natural gas pipeline in the area. Kent Carson, senior communications director for AMP said no decision has been made concerning placement of […]

What is the problem with the Baard Energy coal refinery?
Baard Energy / Coal / Research & Reports

What is the problem with the Baard Energy coal refinery?

The Baard Energy Company of Vancouver, Washington, wants to build a $6.8 billion coal refinery in Wellsville, on the Ohio River. The last thing Ohio needs is another expensive, polluting coal plant Baard Energy calls its plant the “Ohio River Clean Fuels Coal-To-Liquids Facility.” That’s misleading: there’s nothing clean about […]

Mountains rally gets celebrity support
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Mountains rally gets celebrity support

RANKFORT, KY — “In an interview, Dave Moss, vice president for the Kentucky Coal Association, said he did not understand why any legislators would back a Stream Saver bill now, following an agreement reached in January on new mining practices. State and federal officials have promised the new methods would […]

Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Amazing Video: Coal miners join historic rallies to end mountaintop removal

FRANKFURT, KY — “In a symbolic bond between the Appalachian states of Kentucky and Virginia, coal miners and coalfield residents will rally with statewide citizens groups in both state capitals on February 11th, as historic ‘stream saver’ bills are introduced in special hearings to stop the illegal dumping of mountaintop […]

After feds step in, DEP cites Massey dam
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

After feds step in, DEP cites Massey dam

CHARLESTON, WV — “After federal officials threatened to step in, the state Department of Environmental Protection late last week cited Massey Energy for problems with the expansion of its controversial Brushy Fork coal-slurry impoundment in Raleigh County. DEP officials were aware of a stability violation at the site since late-December […]

Baard bond resolution has expired
Baard Energy / Coal

Baard bond resolution has expired

CLEVELAND — “The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA) confirmed today that it has not issued any bonds for the proposed Baard Energy Ohio Clean River Fuels plant. The company had received an agreement from the state authority in December 2006 for the issuance of $4 billion in bonds. Responding […]

Here is what Ohio EPA permits would allow the proposed Baard coal plant to put into our air every year:
Baard Energy / Coal

Here is what Ohio EPA permits would allow the proposed Baard coal plant to put into our air every year:

Source: Ohio EPA permits for the proposed Baard coal plant in Wellsville, Ohio, compiled by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The permitted emissions do not take into account possible flaring due to process upsets or emergencies, when pollutants may be sent out untreated. Of the permitted pollutants, many emissions would […]