Post Tagged with: "mountaintop removal"

An image captured by a drone of the Brushy Fork Slurry Impoundment, a coal waste embankment that ranks as the tallest dam in the Western Hemisphere (Credit: Coal River Mountain Watch).
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

COAL: Art, activism mix in airborne crusade against strip mining

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV — “Environmentalists have turned a hobbyist drone into a weapon in their long, bitter battle against strip mining. Junior Walk of Coal River Mountain Watch has recorded hours of aerial footage of mountaintop-removal coal mining and the massive Brushy Fork coal slurry impoundment in southwest West Virginia […]

Anti-mining activists Chuck Nelson and Junior Walk staring out over the Brushy Fork coal tailings dam. Photo by Arianna Skibell.
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

COAL: ‘This is our home. We don’t want to live nowhere else’

NAOMA, WV — “But even the coal jobs in West Virginia have dried up. In the 1950s, the industry employed around 125,000 people. Today, that number is closer to 20,000 or 30,000. As a result, in part, of mechanized mining and natural gas expansion, West Virginia is losing its population […]

Junior Walk, outreach coordinator for Coal River Mountain Watch, surveys fresh progress at an active mountaintop removal coal mining site in southern West Virginia (Credit: Arianna Skibell).
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

COAL: Stream rule dies, but ex-miners keep fighting

NAOMA, WV — “A stroke of President Trump’s pen earlier this year erased a regulation that took Barack Obama’s entire presidency to draft. Flanked in a White House ceremony by coal miners, their bosses and a handful of lawmakers, Trump proclaimed that his repeal of the fledgling Stream Protection Rule would […]

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Coal / Environmental Justice / Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action offers tribute to mountain justice warrior on his birthday

Let us now praise a coal miner: Chuck Nelson is an American Hero CINCINNATI — “Among the hundreds of coal miners I have interviewed over the years, retired coal miner Chuck Nelson has always been among the most fearless truth-tellers in the coal country of West Virginia. An indefatigable presence […]

Local officials credit the Ohio EPA for bringing the Hocking River up to aquatic standards. The river only met 38 percent of the standards when first assessed in the 1980s. Credit: Athens Post file photo
Coal / Water Quality

Repealed stream protection rule may affect Athens

ATHENS — “At the end of his presidency, Barack Obama put together the Stream Protection Rule, which regulated the dumping of mining waste in streams. Less than two months later, President Donald Trump is slated to sign a resolution doing away with the rule. How this change will affect Appalachian […]

A mountaintop removal mine site in Southern West Virginia in 2009. Credit: CHRIS DORST | Gazette-Mail file photo - See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20170201/congress-moves-to-reject-obama-mining-rule-changes#sthash.swIQfgcy.dpuf
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Congress moves to reject Obama mining rule changes

WASHINGTON, DC — “Congress on Wednesday evening was headed toward fairly quick action to reject a late-term effort by the Obama administration to replace a controversial stream ‘buffer zone’ rule with a collection of requirements that coal operators better monitor water quality, try to avoid damage to streams, and improve […]

Nathan Hall, left, and Todd Howard checked a field of hemp, one of six sites the pair manages. Instead of a silver bullet, Mr. Hall said, “We want to be a part of the silver buckshot that’s going to hopefully transform this region.” Photo Credit: Mike Belleme for The New York Times
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Beyond coal: Imagining Appalachia’s future

To offset lost mining jobs, officials, business leaders and environmentalists are setting aside political feuds to try to create an entrepreneurial economy PIKEVILLE, KY — “Nearly 13,000 coal jobs — and countless more in related industries — have disappeared in Kentucky since President Obama took office; coal employment is at […]

Activist Larry Gibson looking over a ridge at the Kayford Mountain Mountaintop Removal site.
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

National Academy of Sciences to study mountaintop removal health effects

WASHINGTON, DC — “An expert team being appointed by the National Academy of Sciences will examine a ‘growing amount of academic research’ that suggests ‘possible correlations’ between increased public health risks for Appalachian residents and living near mountaintop removal coal mining, the Obama administration announced Wednesday. A 12-member committee from […]

Blood On The Mountain documentary film screening event
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Blood On The Mountain documentary film screening event

CLEVELAND — Nuevo Cleveland and Ohio Citizen Action will host a screening of “Blood On The Mountain” outdoors at Nuevo Cleveland during the Republican National Convention. From the Producers of “The Appalachians” and “Coal Country”, “Blood On The Mountain” is a searing investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that […]

Court vacates Blair Mountain delisting from Historic Places registry
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Court vacates Blair Mountain delisting from Historic Places registry

BLAIR, WV — “A federal judge in Washington on Monday ruled that the U.S. Interior Department was wrong when it removed the site of the Blair Mountain labor battle from the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton granted a motion for summary judgment […]