Category Archives: West Virginia

Appeal filed over Blair Mountain strip mining in W.Va.

A coalition of historic preservation, labor history and environmental protection groups filed a legal appeal Thursday morning, continuing their fight to restore the Blair Mountain Battlefield to the National Register of Historic Places.

The groups include: the Sierra Club, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Friends of Blair Mountain, West Virginia Labor History Association and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Arch Coal wants to strip mine the spot, never mind the historical legacy, wild nature and more. Read this to get the whole picture, then get mad.

The EPA and stopping the Spruce (rape-the-Earth) mine

Good editorial here on the EPA’s recent decision to rescind the permit for a mountaintop removal coal mine in West Virginia that would have continued the criminal-like burying of natural streams with the mining rubble.

Stop the presses: Mountaintop removal does indeed harm streams

Surprise, surprise. So, will this study that confirms what conservationists have been saying for decades actually lead to legislation that stops the removal of Appalachian mountaintops? Don’t count on it – sadly.

Feds hit deer breeder with $1.5 million fine

Federal officials are taking a seriously no-nonsense attitude toward the illegal transportation of wildlife. In Texas, a 77-year-old deer breeder has been fined $1.5 million for it.

Read about it all here.

Study finds more health problems among residents near mountaintop removal mines

This study’s findings are hardly surprising, given the many other ramifications of blowing up mountains to get at the coal beneath the summits. In brief, the study adds even more weight to the growing chorus of calls to HALT mountaintop removal coal mining and do so right now.

Scientists determine that blowing up mountains is bad for mountains

Dah? No kidding? Here’s The Washington Post’s account of this no-shit debacle that our president an fellow elected leaders should put a stop to — right now.

Mountaintop mining consequences

All Americans should beoutraged over the destruction of Appalachian mountains to get at the coal buried within, not just those of us who actually live in the midst of a shattered (by coal mining) landscape. Read more here.