mountaintop removal mining

Scientists Call for End to Mountaintop Mines

by kespeland on January 7, 2010

Writing in the journal Science, scientists from a range of disciplines and institutions are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop issuing mountaintop coal mining permits.  The scientists synthesized data and conducted new studies to assess the breadth of environmental impacts from this type of mining.  Duke University biogeochemist Emily Bernhardt says one of the top concerns is filling adjacent valleys with the mining waste, or spoil.

“We estimate conservatively that more than 1500 miles of Appalachian headwater streams have been lost due to direct filling or the direct impacts of building sediment ponds associated with mountaintop mining.”

In a separate announcement, Kentucky’s Energy and Environmental Protection Cabinet announced new guidelines for reducing the amount of valley fills.

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More Federal Oversight of Surface Mines Proposed

by kespeland November 20, 2009

The federal Office of Surface Mining has announced its proposals for strengthening oversight of strip mining to protect the environment in Appalachian coal states. One proposal is to conduct so-called “independent” inspections of state-permitted mines.

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Mountaintop Mining Case Could Head to Supreme Court

by kespeland August 28, 2009

A case involving four mountaintop mining permits could be headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorneys for Earth Justice want the court to revoke the permits because they claim they were improperly issued and allowed major environmental damage to take place.

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Hundreds Rally for "Stream Saver" Bill

by kespeland February 17, 2009

Activists with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are once again promoting legislation that would prohibit mining companies from dumping waste from mountaintop removal mining in nearby streams.

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Court OKs Army Corps Permits for Mine Waste

by kespeland February 16, 2009

Mountaintop removal coal mining companies have won some important battles over the past months. That includes a recent finding by a panel of federal judges that will pave the way for a number of new mining permits.

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Two Mountaintop Removal Mining Forums

by kespeland January 5, 2009

Hear from environmentalists and industry representatives, and have your say at these two upcoming events.

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