Lisa Jackson

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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RAN Activists Dump Half a Ton of Coal Rubble on Lisa Jackson’s Front Lawn

Anti-Coalistas Cited for "Failure to Remove Dangerous Condition" While Appalachia is Still Pulverized
This morning Rainforest Action Network activists dropped half a ton of coal rubble from Appalachia on the front lawn of the EPA.  This is part of the effort to compel the agency to veto the 2,278-acre Spruce mountaintop mine project in Blair, W.Va., which is the largest mountaintop mine project ever proposed.

The activists were detained and ironically issued citations for “Failure to obey order to remove dangerous condition.”  Of course, the coal industry never gets citations like that after blasting the tops off of mountains in Appalachia.

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EPA’s New Guidelines Promising Strict Enforcement of Mountaintop Removal…. Not So Strict

EPA Approves Pine Creek Permit Allowing for More Destruction
I’m pissed off and ready for a fight.  King Coal drives all over Appalachia’s land and people like Keith Richards on a five day bender, and the EPA gives them the keys to the liquor cabinet.

How long before the compromisers at the EPA and in the Obama administration figure out that there is no kinder gentler version of mountaintop removal coal mining.

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EPA Uses Science, Health and Environmental Justice to Guide New Rules on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Appalachians Hail Announcement by Lisa Jackson as Victory for Communities and Clean Water Act
reposted from the Understory

by Amanda Starbuck

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today a major new guidance document that provides the coal industry and coal-state regulators with “clarity” regarding the permitting of mountaintop removal coal mining. This comes just days after the EPA blocked the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, the largest mountaintop removal permit in West Virginia history.

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Breaking: Anti-MTR Activists Risk Arrest at EPA HQ with Elaborate Protest

Demand Immediate Action to Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Activists Risk Arrest with Elaborate Protest at EPA HQ; Demand Immediate Action to Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Group Erects Purple Mountain Majesty At EPA; Say “If Administrator Lisa Jackson Won’t Visit the Appalachian Mountains, They Will Bring The Mountains to Her”

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My Hot Date with Lisa Jackson

EPA Admin Visits San Francisco, We Question Her about Coal
Tonight, EPA Admin Lisa Jackson spoke at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.  I put on my best duds and bought some tickets so that me and my friends could go, hear her talk about our "Green Future" and ask her some pointed questions about mountaintop removal.  The room was packed with EPA employees, PG&E employees (they were a co-sponsor of the event) and folks from ENGOs.  
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Coalfield Residents Deliver 20,000 Flyover Petition Signatures to the EPA

Petition Asks EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to See Appalachian Devastation
This week, I have been in Washington D.C. for the Week in Washington which is a week of lobbying at Congress for the Clean Water Protection Act [house version] and the Appalachia Restoration Action [senate version].  The legislation would essentially outlaw mountaintop removal.

Amidst all the congressional visits, we worked with some coalfield residents to deliver a message to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
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