Sep 30: EPA: All 79 mining permits need more review
CHARLESTON, WV -- "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency just issued the following statement regarding its ongoing review of mountaintop removal mining permits in Appalachia: After a careful evaluation of these surface coal mining projects, EPA determined that each of them, as currently proposed, is likely to result in significant harm to water quality and the environment and are therefore not consistent with requirements of the CWA. EPA and the Corps have developed a joint enhanced coordination process that establishes a schedule and procedures for the evaluation of these 79 permits. The Corps of Engineers is now responsible under the coordination process for beginning the next stage of discussions with EPA and the mining companies to reduce anticipated environmental and water quality impacts," Ken Ward Jr., West Virginia Gazette.
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. EPA delays 79 mountaintop-shearing coal permits, Jim Efstathiou Jr., Bloomberg News.
Sep 28: EPA announces major science review of mountaintop removal
CHARLESTON, WV -- "The Obama administration is quietly putting together plans for a major new scientific study of the environmental impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining. On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a notice seeking nominations for scientists to serve on an ad hoc panel to 'provide expert advice to the EPA on a draft assessment of the ecological impacts' of mountaintop removal... The Obama administration has already promised to take 'unprecedented steps' to reduce the damaging environmental impact from mountaintop removal across the Appalachian coalfields," Ken Ward Jr., West Virginia Gazette.
Sep 24: 30,062 handwritten letters and other messages demand a Congressional ban on mountaintop removal coal mining
Sep 22: Protecting mountains
WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- "The Environmental Protection Agency, after years of abuses under the Bush administration, is back on the right track with its plans to give further environmental review to 79 permits for mountaintop removal mining. But what's really needed is an end to this practice. This form of mining blasts the tops off mountains. It's a severe form of strip mining, which the Journal has long opposed. In the 1970s, investigative articles in the Journal and its now defunct sister paper, the Sentinel, played a leading role in stopping a company's efforts to introduce strip mining to Northwest North Carolina. Strip mining and mountaintop mining destroy the beauty of mountains and reduce property values. The mining also ravages ecosystems, including watersheds," editorial, Winston-Salem Journal.
Sep 14: The real deal
Daryl Hannah takes on coal (and every other eco-cause)
ESCONDIDO, CA -- "These times can be overwhelming, as we are facing so many crises. But how do you hide two million acres of leveled, decimated land? How can coal companies think that it’s acceptable to have blown off over 500 mountain tops and dump the rubble into the valleys below, killing over 3,000 miles of headwater streams? Mountaintop removal (MTR) is happening in extremely economically depressed areas with the vast majority being in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. In these areas, people don’t have a loud voice, or the resources to let the world know, raise hell and fight it…and these communities are dying fast. The towns are getting boarded up and their jobs disappearing as quickly as the viable land and water around them. Due to the heavy machinery involved less manpower is needed, so 75% of mining jobs have already been lost to the machines and explosives," Daryl Hannah interviewed by Britta Belli, E Magazine.
Sep 13: Clean water laws are neglected, at a cost in suffering
CHARLESTON, WV -- "When Mrs Hall-Massey and 264 neighbors sued nine nearby coal companies, accusing them of putting dangerous waste into local water supplies, their lawyer did not have to look far for evidence. As required by state law, some of the companies had disclosed in reports to regulators that they were pumping into the ground illegal concentrations of chemicals. But state regulators never fined or punished those companies for breaking those pollution laws. This pattern is not limited to West Virginia. Almost four decades ago, Congress passed the Clean Water Act to force polluters to disclose the toxins they dump into waterways and to give regulators the power to fine or jail offenders. States have passed pollution statutes of their own. But in recent years, violations of the Clean Water Act have risen steadily across the nation," Charles Duhigg, New York Times.
Sep 12: Julian Martin:
West Virginia family has always resisted 'skinners'
CHARLESTON, WV -- "One of our family stories is that a Mr. Skinner came up Coal River from St. Albans buying mineral rights at rock bottom prices. He made his 'generous' offer to my ancestor who told him, 'You are Skinner by name and you are Skinner by trade, but you will not skin old Isaac Barker.' Consequently my uncle owns 40 acres with the mineral rights intact on Big Coal River in Boone County. Mountaintop removal strip-mining is closing in from all directions on our beautiful farm. The farm has 10 acres of fertile bottom land and a barn built in 1917 by lumber washed ashore in the 1916 flood. The ridge running toward our farm and parallel to Big Coal River from Ashford to Bull Creek is being destroyed. Andrew Jordon's Pritchard Coal is tearing it to pieces," Julian Martin, op-ed commentary, Charleston Gazette.
Sep 12: U.S. EPA review could delay mine projects
COLUMBUS -- "Plans to create new strip mines in eastern Ohio might be put on hold while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency investigates pollution threats to streams. Officials with the U.S. EPA said yesterday that they are considering 'detailed reviews' of 79 proposals to build new coal mines and expand mining operations at other sites, most of which would be located in Kentucky and West Virginia. In Ohio, the list includes four strip mines proposed by Oxford Mining Co.; a proposed Ohio American Energy strip mine; and a coal-washing plant that the Buckingham Coal Co. wants to build in Perry County," Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch.
Sep 11: U.S. EPA releases preliminary results for surface coal mining permit reviews
WASHINGTON, DC -- "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has identified 79 proposed surface coal-mining projects in Appalachian states for further, detailed reviews of their pending permits. The [Army Corps of Engineers] and EPA will work together during this review process to ensure compliance with the Clean Water Act and the protection of this nation’s public health and environment. . . . The 79 pending permit applications on which EPA focused are for proposed surface coal mining operations in 4 Appalachian states. EPA’s initial review concluded that all of the projects would likely cause water quality impacts requiring additional review under the Clean Water Act," Enesta Jones, Office of Public Affairs, U.S. EPA.
Sep 11: 26,803 messages to Congress: Ban mountaintop removal coal mining;
NC Congressman Melvin Watt becomes 156th co-sponsor of ban
COLUMBUS -- "Since June 17, Ohio Citizen Action members and friends have sent 26,803 handwritten letters, messages, and children’s illustrations to Congress telling them to ban mountaintop removal coal mining. In the House, H.R. 1310, and in the Senate, S. 696, would effectively ban this mining method. Five members of the Ohio Congressional delegation are currently co-sponsors: Dennis Kucinich, Betty Sutton, Tim Ryan, Marcia Fudge, and Mary Jo Kilroy. Neither Ohio Senator George Voinovich nor Sherrod Brown is a co-sponsor. Although Brown co-sponsored a ban when he was in the U.S. House, he now tells constituents he doesn't know enough about the bill to have an opinion," Kate Russell, Organizer, Ohio Citizen Action.
Sep 11: Akron producer brings emotional coal documentary to Civic Theatre
AKRON -- "Tears spatter Coal Country, the new documentary having its Ohio premiere Saturday in Akron's Civic Theatre. The documentary is nominally about the coal industry, including the controversies surrounding how coal is mined, especially the controversial and devastating mountaintop-removal system. But it is also about the breakdown in communities, whether because of the destruction of land and the health hazards affecting coal towns, or the personal divisions between people on different sides of the coal debate. And the tears flow from both sides," Rich Heldenfels, Akron Beacon Journal.
Sep 10: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown still mum on co-sponsoring mountaintop removal ban
Sep 9: Rainforest Action Network
Over 19,000 inspired to end mountaintop removal
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- "About a month ago, we started a petition asking EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to go on a flyover of Appalachia and see the devastation wrought by mountaintop removal for herself. The response has been OVERWHELMING to say the least. Our goal was set at 12,000, but we’ve achieved that and more. So next week, we’re going to cordially deliver these petitions to Lisa Jackson at EPA headquarters in Washington D.C. and politely ask her to visit Appalachia and see mountaintop removal for herself. The devastation is out of hand and needs to be stopped," Rainforest Action Network.
Sep 9: EPA moves to block West Virginia's largest mining permit
CHARLESTON, WV -- "Citing 'clear evidence' of likely environmental damage, the Obama administration has moved toward revoking the largest mountaintop-removal permit in West Virginia history. Late last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urged the federal Army Corps of Engineers to revoke or suspend the corps' approval of a Clean Water Act permit for Arch Coal Inc.'s Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County... In a five-page letter, Early cited the Spruce Mine's 'potential to degrade downstream water quality,' the need for the company to give 'serious consideration' to reducing valley fill size, and scientific studies that show mine operators cannot effectively replace the environmental functions of streams buried by mining waste," Ken Ward Jr., West Virginia Gazette.
CHARLESTON, WV -- Obama seeks to block record mountaintop removal permit, Ken Ward Jr., Coal Tattoo, West Virginia Gazette.
Sep 4: National Public Radio's Diane Rehm Show:
U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on the defensive on mountaintop removal
WASHINGTON, DC -- "U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson found herself struggling to explain the Obama Admininstration's policy on mountaintop removal coal mining yesterday on National Public Radio's Diane Rehm Show. In response to questions from Ohio Citizen Action's Kate Russell and Guest Host Susan Page, Jackson said "we should uphold science" and agreed with Russell that the scientific research shows that mountaintop removal sites could not be reclaimed. She could not, however, state what the Obama policy on mountaintop removal is."
"At one point it was not clear that Jackson understood what mountaintop removal coal mining was. Jackson said she had never seen a mountaintop removal site: "I have not yet seen it with my own eyes." Then she compared mountaintop removal first to strip mining and then to mining methods in Wyoming, neither of which are comparable," Paul Ryder, Organizing Director, Ohio Citizen Action.
Sep 2: More selenium problems: Violations found at Kentucky mines
CHARLESTON, WV -- "Here in West Virginia, a leading scientist has warned state regulators that selenium pollution from mountaintop removal mining has pushed the Mud River watershed to 'the brink of a major toxic event.' .... Now, evidence has surfaced that there are growing selenium problems in the coalfields over in Kentucky — and allegations that regulators there sat on the information until they got a new, industry-wide general permit approved without selenium limits or comprehensive selenium monitoring," Ken Ward Jr., Coal Tattoo, West Virginia Gazette.
Aug 27: 10,452 Letters to Sen. Sherrod Brown: Co-sponsor a ban on mountaintop removal coal mining. Senator still mum
24,015 letters to Congress so far
COLUMBUS -- "Since June 17, Ohio Citizen Action members and friends from Ohio, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, and West Virginia have sent their Congresspeople and Senators 24,015 messages, letters, and childrens' illustrations, calling for a ban on mountaintop removal coal mining. Of these, 10,452 have gone to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, urging him to co-sponsor the ban, S. 696 . On July 23, Ohio Citizen Action asked why Brown was being so evasive on this issue. Since then, he has neither co-sponsored the bill, nor explained why not. The most egregious form of surface mining, mountaintop removal coal mining irreversibly damages the environment, surrounding communities, and drinking water supplies. Reclamation of these sites is impossible," Kate Russell, Organizer, Ohio Citizen Action.
Aug 25: Call to artists and activists for Labor Day weekend at Kayford Mountain
KAYFORD MOUNTAIN, WV -- "Keeper of the Mountains, Larry Gibson has put out a call for musicians, entertainers and mountain-huggers from everywhere to join him at his family place on Kayford Mountain for a celebration this Labor Day weekend. For over 20 years, Larry has worked to stop mountaintop removal coal mining and has kept his family land intact under the encroaching threat of Massey Energy’s nearby mountaintop mining sites. Kayford Mountain is located near Cabin Creek, approximately 35 miles southeast of Charleston. For more information about the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation or the Labor Day event, visit www.mountainkeeper.org or call 304-542-1134,” Melissa English, Southern Ohio Campaign Director, Ohio Citizen Action.
Aug 21: The Clock has Started Ticking on Mountaintop Removal Mining Permits
WASHINGTON, DC -- "If you'll remember, early in the Obama Administration, the EPA announced it would be reviewing all mountaintop removal mining permits before approving any -- a sign of what we thought was perhaps the beginning of the end for the destructive practice that levels mountain peaks, poisons drinking water and destroys communities. But now, the floodgates could potentially be opened wide for extensive new mountaintop removal operations. The EPA will be making decisions on dozens of permits as soon as mid-September, and letting the permits go forward would set a very dangerous precedent. If these new permits for mountaintop removal coal mining are approved, the Obama administration will be lighting the fuse for a new round of blasting, flooding, and water contamination for the communities of Appalachia," Bruce Nilles and Mary Anne Hitt, Huffington Post. Published August 20.
Aug 21: SAVE THE DATE
Ohio premier of Mari-Lynn Evans’ Coal Country
AKRON -- "Coal Country, a finalist in the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, will premier on Saturday, September 12 at the Akron Civic theater. Join actress Darryl Hannah, county music singer Kathy Mattea, whose songs are featured in the movie, homegrown activist Elisa Young, featured in the film, invited guest Robert Kennedy, Jr., and Akron’s own filmmaker, Executive Producer of Coal Country, Mari-Lynn Evans. This film will no doubt inform Americans of the extreme nature of this quest for cheap energy and the consequences it has for one of our nation’s poorest regions," Kate Russell, Ohio Citizen Action.
Aug 19: New resource: Where does your legislator stand on mountaintop removal coal mining?
COLUMBUS -- "Mountaintop removal coal mining impacts more than just coal field residents. Every time we turn on the lights, we are using coal mined partly through mountaintop removal coal mining. Though it only accounts for 4.8% of our nation’s electricity, mountaintop removal leaves complete devastation behind it. We can all help stop this practice through a congressional ban. This new resource allows you to look up every U.S. Congressperson and Senator and whether or not they are a co-sponsor of a ban. It shows whether they are on a key committee for the legislation, and how your can contact them. The web page also gives suggestions for co-sponsors to make sure this legislation passes as quickly as possible. Share this resource with your family, your neighbors, your religious community, co-workers, friends, etc, to maximize its impact,” Kate Russell, Organizer, Ohio Citizen Action.
Aug 14: What will Obama do now about mountaintop removal?
WASHINGTON, DC -- "Where’s the transparency? And where are the concrete guidelines for what is and isn’t allowed for a mining permit to be approved or rejected? If Obama is going to ban mountaintop removal, or enact policies so stringent that permits slow to a trickle and the faucet eventually shuts off, it should do those things in an open, transparent way. If it’s instead simply going to toughen a few policies here and there to limit the damage, it should likewise be open about that. As Joe Lovett, executive director of the Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment said the other day: 'What the administration has to do is develop a policy and let everyone know what that policy is,'" Ken Ward, Jr., Coal Tattoo.
Aug 13: Federal court blocks Interior Department attempt to address mountaintop removal coal mining
Bold action needed to end destruction, fully protect communities and streams
WASHINGTON, DC -- "The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today rejected an attempt by the Department of Interior to reverse the Bush Administration’s devastating last-minute weakening of the stream buffer zone rule, a key protection for waterways near mountaintop removal coal mines. A coalition of organizations including the Sierra Club had challenged the Bush Administration's actions and had praised the Department of Interior for attempting to reverse the rule," press release, Sierra Club.
Aug 12: 16,149 Ohio Citizen Action members and friends tell Congress: Ban mountaintop removal
COLUMBUS -- "As of August 7, 16,149 Ohio Citizen Action members and friends from Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, and West Virginia have written their Congress members calling for a ban on mountaintop removal coal mining. Mountaintop removal is the most devastating form of surface mining, devastating the environment and communities of Central Appalachia. These letters, messages, and children's illustrations urge Congress to ban mountaintop removal by co-sponsoring either H.R. 1310, the Clean Water Protection Act, or S. 696, the Appalachian Restoration Act. Representatives and Senators who are already co-sponsors are being urged to enlist House and Senate colleagues who have not yet co-sponsored to do so, press House and Senate leaders for prompt action in committee and on the floor, speak out on the House and Senate floor, to reporters, and in their district, and tour ravaged areas of the Appalachians with House and Senate colleagues," Kate Russell, Organizer, Ohio Citizen Action.
Aug 12: Music for the Mountains at Northside Tavern
Aug 12: Mining protesters deserve protection
CHARLESTON, WV -- "Why haven't West Virginia officials condemned violence directed toward opponents of mountaintop removal? I attended a June 23 rally at Marsh Fork and heard numerous death threats hurled at the speakers. I also witnessed an attack on Judy Bonds. Over the July 4 weekend at Kayford Mountain, laid-off Massey workers terrorized festival participants. In a video viewable online, you can hear one of the assaulters threaten to slit the throats of a man's two young children," John Palmer, letter to the editor, West Virginia Gazette. Published July 30.
Aug 11: Army Corps of Engineers approves permit for controversial WV mountaintop removal coal mine
Decision opens the door for more destruction in Appalachia
CHARLESTON, WV -- "Today the public learned that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a Clean Water Act permit last week for Consol Energy’s Peg Fork mountaintop removal coal mine in Mingo County, West Virginia. This controversial decision marks the first time during the Obama administration that the Army Corps approved a mine permit to which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had previously objected, opening the door for many new mountaintop removal coal mines in Appalachia. The decision to allow this operation to proceed also demonstrates the Department of Interior's lack of will to enforce the clear mandates of a critical Surface Mining Act regulation," press release, Sierra Club.
Aug 11: Are Endangered Species Being Sacrificed for Coal in Appalachia?
Special rules in coal country and tacit cooperation from some environmentalists has allowed mountaintop removal and other destructive practices to proceed
NEW YORK, NY -- "The last ice age turned the Appalachians into North America's Noah's Ark. The mountain peaks provided a last green refuge above the glaciers, drawing species from across the eastern half of continent. Some 10,000 years later, many have stayed, and the mountains are home to one of the highest concentrations of biodiversity -- from flying squirrels to freshwater mussels -- in the country... The lucrative coal is obtained through mountaintop removal -- dynamiting the tops off the mountains and dumping the leftovers into mountain valleys and stream beds. Environmental groups say the practice is horribly destructive to the region's water, land and wildlife -- but they have been reluctant to use a powerful weapon, the Endangered Species Act, in fighting it," Patrick Reis, Scientific American.
Aug 10: Music for the Mountains benefit a great success
CINCINNATI -- "Thanks to the efforts of six outstanding musical acts, three generous sponsors and dozens of volunteers, the Music for the Mountains benefit last Sunday was an absolute triumph. Approximately 250 people made up the standing room only crowd for most of the event, which also featured a photo exhibit, 'Mountaintop Removal Comes Home,' and a down-home cakewalk. Organizers Teri Blanton and Scott Goebel of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth shared from the stage information and stories of coal field residents’ fight to protect their communities and their way of life. $2,500 was raised for Ohio Citizen Action’s campaign to end mountaintop removal and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth also welcomed six new members to their fold. Special thanks to sponsors Shake It Records, WNKU FM 89.7 and the Northside Tavern," Melissa English, Southern Ohio Campaign Director, Ohio Citizen Action.
Aug 10: Power politics: Obama's gift to the mining industry
DURHAM, NC -- "President Obama's pick to head the federal agency that regulates coal mining has drawn fire from environmental watchdogs, who point out that the nominee in his current role as a state regulator has promoted an environmentally destructive practice known as longwall mining and encouraged dangerous disposal practices for toxic coal ash waste. The controversial candidate for the Interior Department's Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement chief is Joseph Pizarchik, who has led the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Mining and Reclamation since 2002" Sue Sturgis, Facing South.
Aug 7: Obama's OSM pick dodges questions on mountaintop removal
CHARLESTON, WV -- "President Obama's choice to be the nation's top strip-mining regulator said Thursday he needs to learn more about mountaintop removal coal mining before he can comment on whether it needs to be more strictly policed. Joseph G. Pizarchik declined to offer his views on the practice and its regulation during a U.S. Senate committee hearing on his nomination as director of the Interior Department's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. Pizarchik also declined to answer questions about an Obama administration proposal to make major changes in the federal Abandoned Mine Lands program, but defended his record in Pennsylvania regulating the dumping of toxic coal ash at mining sites," Ken Ward, Jr., Charleston Gazette.
Aug 5: B. Dan Berger: Conservationists must oppose mountaintop removal
CHARLESTON, WV -- "As a proud life member of Trout Unlimited, I am urging our organization and all conservation-minded people to take a stronger, more aggressive stance on a destructive form of coal mining: mountaintop removal. As many are aware, this despicable form of coal mining is where entire mountains are literally removed so seams of coal are exposed. This type of mining destroys families and communities as well as our diverse and fragile environment and coldwater fisheries... It is time for Trout Unlimited and other conservation groups to more strongly urge our state and federal officials to pass laws and promulgate rules that ban mountaintop removal for coal mining before it is too late," Op-Ed, B. Dan Berger, West Virginia Gazette.
Aug 4: Obama's green credentials tested by battle against mountaintop mining
James Hansen and Darryl Hannah among those opposing open-cast coal extraction that destroys mountains and forests
KAYFORD MOUNTAIN, WV -- "Kayford Mountain, or what Gibson calls his home place, is one of the frontline positions in an epic confrontation between the coal industry and a broad coalition of local activists, environmental organisations, national figures and Hollywood celebrities. The struggle against mountaintop removal is also proving an uncomfortable test of Barack Obama's green credentials. The US administration has frustrated environmentalists who had relied on the president to ban a practice that devastates landscapes and uproots hundreds of local communities," Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian.
Aug 4: Samples update: High-profile mountaintop removal mine shutting down
CHARLESTON, WV -- "As much as any mining operation in Appalachia, the Samples Mine has been at the center of the debate over mountaintop removal. In large part, that’s because parts of it are visible from a public road far up Cabin Creek and from Larry Gibson’s family cemetery at Kayford. Photos from Larry’s place have appeared in news media around the world. Now, as first reported in this morning’s Charleston Gazette, the mine’s current owner, Patriot Coal Corp., is shutting down — at least for now," Ken Ward Jr., Coal Tattoo, West Virginia Gazette.
CHARLESTON, WV -- Patriot Coal to close Samples Mine; 314 jobs eliminated, Ken Ward Jr. and Jon Offredo, West Virginia Gazette. Published August 2.
Aug 3: Tennessee needs tourists but not threats
KNOXVILLE, TN -- "U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander recently struck a mighty blow for environmentalism and Tennessee tourism in one big swing. Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, introduced the Appalachian Restoration Act, which is designed to prevent mountaintop removal for mining coal. The bill would prohibit pollution of streams with debris from mountaintop removal. Introduction of the bill has caused Alexander to incur the wrath of West Virginia coal miners who have called for a boycott of the state of Tennessee - in this area, Dollywood, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge... Tennesseans will need coal and tourists well into the future, but we are far from having to make a hard choice between the two - and we should never put ourselves in a position of having to give up our mountains," editorial, Knoxville News.
Aug 2: This little (coal-fired) light of mine: Will President heed 45 million prayers?
WASHINGTON, DC -- "As the brilliant lights of the White House shine across Pennsylvania Avenue Monday evening, generated by a coal-fired plant that uses coal stripmined from devastating mountaintop removal operations in Appalachia, religious leaders and organizations representing over 45 million Americans from across the country will hold a special candlelight prayer vigil at 7pm in Lafayette Park. 'The purpose of the rally is to remember the nearly 500 mountains already destroyed by mountaintop removal mining,' according to Jordan Blevins, Assistant Director of the National Council of Church's Eco-Justice Office, and the sponsor of the event, 'and to have people of faith call upon the federal government to end this destructive practice,'" Jeff Biggers, Huffington Post.
July 31: Music benefit aims to save mountaintops
CINCINNATI -- "Six local bands and songwriters will join forces Sunday for the Music for the Mountains Benefit to help stop mountaintop removal coal mining. The show features brother-sister act the Majo, singer-songwriters Peter Adams and Daniel Martin Moore, Americana "orchestra" Magnolia Mountain, bluegrass-folk trio the Tillers and killbilly rockers Cletus Romp. The event also features an old-time cakewalk combined with a modern twist on musical chairs. Admission is $10 and supports Ohio Citizen Action's campaign to ban mountaintop removal, in which explosives are used to blow the top 500 to 700 feet of mountains in Central Appalachia to access coal inside. The show runs from 5-11 p.m. at Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside. Information and music samples, 513-221-2100," Cincinnati Enquirer.
July 30: One man’s fight against Mountaintop Removal Mining
KAYFORD MOUNTAIN, WV -- "The decline in union coal-mining jobs in Appalachia has coincided with a big increase in mountaintop removal mining. But only the latter trend has stirred much passion beyond the region, though both have devastated the region’s communities. In June, several well-known outsiders, including top climate scientist James Hanson, were arrested protesting the practice, which changes the very topography of the land as mountains are literally blasted apart and tons of debris suffocate mountain streams and fill the air with toxic dust," Melinda Tuhus, In These Times.
July 29: Worker killed at Samples mountaintop removal mine
CHARLESTON, WV -- "A contract employee at a mountaintop-removal mine near Cabin Creek was killed Tuesday when his truck overturned into a pond, state and federal officials said. The name of the worker was not immediately released, and mine safety regulators were just getting started on their investigation into the incident. The accident occurred at the Samples Mine, operated by the Catenary Coal Co. subsidiary of Patriot Coal Corp... The worker is the ninth coal miner in the U.S. and the second in West Virginia to die on the job in 2009, according to MSHA's official count," Ken Ward Jr., West Virginia Gazette.
July 29: Kids' drawings against mountaintop removal
July 27: Ohio group fights W.Va. mining method
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