West Virginia Implores New Health Secretary To Stop Mountaintop Removal

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Mountaintop removal/valley fill coal mining in southern West Virginia. Photo credit: Vivian Stockman / Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition Here’s a reality check: Since President Obama took office in 2009, not a single top level official from the White House, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Council on Environmental Quality, Department of the Interior or Department of Justice has ever made a fact-finding tour of mountaintop removal mining c…

UBS Backs Away From Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

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…g, Campaigners Say More Action Still Needed from UBS Knoxville, TN — UBS, the world’s third top funder of mountaintop removal in 2011, has taken steps demonstrating its commitment to significantly reduce financing of the mining practice. Last month, the bank confirmed to environmental campaigners that it will continue backing away from mountaintop removal financing.Moreover, UBS has declined to participate in the most recent transactions wi…

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Ends On March 16

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…rtment of Environmental Protection—and the U.S. Congress—over the mounting death toll and health crisis from mountaintop removal strip mining. After witnessing the loss of their health, livelihoods, forests, historic farms and homes over ahalf century of unparalleled strip mining destruction, The People’s Foot movement—an extraordinary alliance of residents, community and environmental groups and national civil rights organizations—is coming…

200,000 People Demand Congress Puts End To Mountaintop Removal

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Photo: “The more health research we conduct on mountaintop removal the more truth we discover. We have already discovered enough truth that any reasonable thinking person understands we must take urgent action to stop any further MTR until it is proven that MTR is not a public health threat,” said Bo Webb, who lives under a mining operation and co-founded the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Campaign. Signaling a watershed shift in recogni…

Quakers Force PNC Bank To Stop Investing In Mountaintop Removal

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…ng to pressure from Quaker environmentalists, today PNC Bank announced that it will be restricting financing of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. The shift outlined in its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report means PNC Bank will effectively cease its investment in this controversial practice. In 2012 PNC Bank financed Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal, CONSOL Energy, and Patriot Coal, which together were responsible for nearly half…

Federal Court Upholds EPA Veto Of Spruce Mountaintop Removal Mine

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…ivian Stockman / Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition Victory: Decision prevents the largest and most extreme mountaintop removal coal mine ever proposed in Appalachia Washington, D.C. — Today Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s veto of a permit for one of the largest and most extreme mountaintop removal coal mines ever proposed in Appalachia, the Spruce N…

Mountaintop Removal Protests Against UBS Bank

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…Appalachia demanding UBS change their official policy and stop funding and supporting companies that engage in mountaintop removal coal mining. Description What’s mountaintop removal [MTR]? Mountaintop removal (MTR) is a radical form of coal mining that blasts away mountains and devastates the environment and communities of Appalachia. MTR is being practiced primarily in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee and according to a…

Appalachia Rising Protests EPA Over Dirty Water, Mountaintop Removal

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Residents Bring Dirty Water from Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Communities to EPA in Washington, DC Citizens from across the country have travelled to the nation’s capitol to urge an end to mountaintop removal coal mining, a radical form of strip mining in Appalachia that has destroyed over 500 mountains and buried or poisoned more than 2,000 miles of streams in Central Appalachia. Citizens met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill as well as the…

'Appalachia's Agony': The Human Effects Of Mountain Top Removal

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…lth Emergency Act is the first law ever proposed that would end the human rights/ human health disaster that is Mountaintop Removal in Appalachia. The New York Times called Mountaintop Removal “Appalachia’s Agony.” It’s no wonder: communities near Mountaintop Removal sites suffer shockingly disproportionate levels of cancer, heart disease, pulmonary disease, birth defects and other physical and mental illnesses. More than…

Activists Fight Plans For Prison On Mountaintop-Removal Site

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…eadquarters in Washington, DC, June 13, 2016, to oppose plans for the construction of a new federal prison at a mountaintop removal site in Letcher County, Kentucky. (Photo: Candice Bernd) Activists from Kentucky and across the US met in Washington, DC, this week to highlight the intersections between environmental justice issues and the prison-industrial complex, and to protest plans for the construction of a new federal prison at a mountaintop-…

Saving Children & Families From Mountain Top Removal

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LEXINGTON, KY —Today, national and Kentucky groups argued their challenge to a proposed Kentucky mountaintop removal mine in federal appeals court. Kentuckians For The Commonwealth and Sierra Club Cumberland Chapter, represented by Earthjustice, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, and Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, made their case against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of Leeco Inc.’s proposed Stacy Branch mountaintop removal mine be…

Mountaintop Mining Spreads, Officials Oppose Protection Of Streams

The White House is expected to announce a stricter rule for the disposal of mountaintop-removal mining waste into streams. Some Republicans in Congress are describing the move as the latest campaign in the Obama administration’s “war on coal.” JAMES MACPHERSON — AP  Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/05/20/267303/as-mountaintop-mining-spreads.html#storylink=cpy

The White House is expected to announce a stricter rule for the disposal of mountaintop-removal mining waste into streams. Some Republicans in Congress are describing the move as the latest campaign in the Obama administration’s “war on coal.” JAMES MACPHERSON — AP WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are seeking to block an imminent rule protecting Appalachian streams from mountaintop removal mining, as opponents of the controversial practic…

Two Mountain Justice Actions in One Day

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Knoxville, Tennessee: Three Hands Off Appalachia Activists Call Out UBS Wealth Management Services for Funding Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Bristol, Virginia: Mountain Justice Blockades Road to Shut Down Alpha HQ, Five Arrested UPDATE 10:00 AM: All five blockaders have been removed and arrested. Please consider a generous donation toRAMPS Campaign’s legal fund! Even five or ten dollars helps! Follow RAMPS on Twitter for more info on the ac…

Targets Matter — Why A Small Action Group Won Vs. Mighty Bank

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…ook / EQAT) After writing about Earth Quaker Action Team’s recent success in forcing PNC Bank to stop financing mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia, I received a number of strong reactions. Mingled with the congratulations, based on my involvement in the campaign, was a tone of surprise: How can a small group take on the seventh-largest bank in the country and win? Underneath that, I sensed the despair that unconsciously dims people’s s…

Week Of Actions For Climate Justice In Appalachia

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…go the administration put forth a memorandum of understanding among federal agencies responsible for regulating mountaintop removal coal mining. At a scheduled inter-agency meeting with administration officials, Appalachian residents will discuss where the administration has fallen short and provide concrete solutions needed to protect their communities. Chief among community concerns are region-wide lapses in the regulation, enforcement and over…