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EPA Issues Historic Veto on Arch Coal’s Spruce Mine

Veto Retroactively Stops Largest MTR Mine in West Virginia

Repost from the Understory

By Amanda Starbuck

Excellent news this morning from Washington DC! Today, the EPA announced that they are vetoing the Clean Water Act permit for Arch Coal’s Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia.

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Transforming the Northwest into Dirty Coal’s New Corridor

King Coal Looking to Connect Western Coal to Asian Markets
The Corporate Doomsday Machine’s (aka the fossil fuel industry) latest scheme to plunder and ruin the earth for profit involves transforming the highways, waterways and railways of the Northwest into a transport corridor for coal.

King Coal’s domestic options are soon going to be limited after Obama and Lisa Jackson drop the big one on greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, with a possible loss in profits, Mr. Peabody’s coal company needs a new place to sell their dirty black rock.

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Judy Bonds, Presente

Thousands Mourn Prominent Mountaintop Removal Abolitionist
Fight Harder
-Judy Bonds

We’re mourning the passing of our friend Julia “Judy” Bonds. She was a mother, a grandmother, a coal miners daughter a national leader in the mountaintop removal abolition movement, a director of Coal River Mountain Watch and a community organizer.

She’d been diagnosed with a very serious case of cancer back in the early summer.

Yesterday, on January 3rd 2011,  she passed away.

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Coal Tattoo: Massey's Blankenship to Plead the 5th in Mining Disaster Probe

Retiring CEO Opts Not to Incriminate Self
Don Blankenship is going to plead the 5th in the Upper Big Branch probe. Seems that Big Don is invoking his right to avoid self-incrimination. I'm pretty shocked and awed by this bit of information. I guess all those times I called Blankenship a "homicidal maniac," his lawyers didn't disagree.

Breaking from Ken Ward at Coal Tattoo:

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Big Coal Launches Assault On EPA

Emboldened by Mid-Term Elections, Big Coal, Big Oil and GOP Prepare to Wage War
The sharks smell the blood in the water.

The opposition is emboldened.

Whatever are we to do?

After the “shellacking” that the Dems took at the hands of the teabaggers (love that double entendre), it’s obvious that the corporations, the front groups and the right wing climate skeptics taking over Congress are getting all George Patton on us and mounting a full frontal assault on the environment.

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Appalachian Activist Fights Mountaintop Removal with a Purpose

Coalfield Resident Bo Webb Wins Purpose Prize
ome great news.   You’ve heard lots about the “youth climate movement,” but how about a little love for our elders fighting to better their communities and end climate change fueling mountaintop removal.

My friend and close ally, Bo Webb of the Coal River Valley, has won the prestigious Purpose Prize for his efforts in ending mountaintop removal.

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Another Big Bank Turns Away from Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining!

PNC Becomes the 7th Bank to End Financing of Dirty Practice

Repost from the RAN Understory

by Amanda Starbuck

I’m saying ‘Thank you’ this week to PNC bank — which has just released its public position on Mountaintop Removal (MTR) Coal Mining.

Here’s PNC’s policy in full — and a key extract:

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PNC: Stop Funding Mountaintop Removal

Nov. 18 Day of Action to End Their Dirty Business
The anti-coal movement is on the move against PNC.

PNC: Stop Funding Mountaintop Removal

Nov. 18 Day of Action against PNC’s Mountaintop Removal Investments

Join Rainforest Action Network and allies all over Appalachia and the country in stopping PNC’s investments in mountaintop removal.

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Appalachians Rising on Kayford Mountain

Mountain Justice Fall Summit Oct. 22-24
After a successful mobilization a few weeks ago in Washington D.C., the mountain justice movement is meeting again this weekend for Mountain Justice Fall Summit on Kayford Mountain, West Virginia. Kayford is the home of anti-MTR activist Larry Gibson.

Expect lots of good stuff to be happening at Kayford this weekend.

Mountain Justice Fall Summit on Kayford Mountain!

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