Post Tagged with: "mountaintop removal"

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 […]

Another voice, another record, to stop mountaintop removal coal mining
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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 […]

Massey changes executives’ severance formula
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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
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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 […]

Report: Mountaintop-removal damage outlives ‘reclamation’
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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 […]

New leader looks to fire up Sierra Club
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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 […]

Mountains rally gets celebrity support
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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 […]

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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
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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 […]

Judge blocks further protests against Massey
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Judge blocks further protests against Massey

CHARLESTON, WV — “A federal judge has temporarily ordered a halt to mountaintop-removal protests that involve trespassing on Massey Energy property or interfering with any of Massey’s operations. U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger granted Massey subsidiary Marfork Coal Co.’s request for a temporary restraining order against non-violent civil disobedience […]