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CREDO Launches National Drive to End Cancer-Linked Mountaintop Removal Mining

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.13.2015 | Home
Jeff Biggers

Let's be real: If we can't end mountaintop removal, a cancer-linked extreme form of mining that only provides a fraction of our national coal production, how can we expect to move forward on climate change and public health?

Appalachia Health Quarantine: Will Feds Issue Protective Respirators to Kids, Families Near Mountaintop Removal Sites?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 12.29.2014 | Home
Jeff Biggers

Over the years, it has been sickening to watch politicians, coal company hacks and sycophantic journalists defer judgment and split hairs over the connections between massive mountaintop removal operations and public health hazards in the same way black lung disease for coal miners had been denied for decades.

Dear Sen. Rockefeller: Citizens Appeal for 'Time Out' on Mountaintop Removal in 2014

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.11.2014 | Home
Jeff Biggers

Never has Sen. Rockefeller's leadership on health and safety issues been more needed in the coal mining areas of central Appalachia.

Besieged Coalfield Residents Denounce Court Decision Against EPA Rules on Mountaintop Removal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 09.30.2012 | Home
Jeff Biggers

In a shocking blow to besieged Appalachian coalfield residents today, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ruled in favor of a coal industry law suit, striking down the EPA's modest guidance rules on mountaintop removal mining.

After Upper Big Branch: New Film Reveals the Lives and Dreams Along Coal River Valley

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.05.2012 | Home
Jeff Biggers

Annenberg Weingarten's gift, like the very heritage he explores, is a wonderful legacy, and one that the rest of the nation needs to know as they flip on their lights and electricity each day.

Mountaintop Removal 2012: Coal River Mountain Activist Bob Kincaid on Judy Bonds' Legacy and the New Abolitionists

Jeff Biggers | Posted 03.04.2012 | Home
Jeff Biggers

Today is Day 12,580 of the mountaintop removal mining disaster, the most egregious human rights and environmental violation in our country and perhaps one of the most discussed but shamefully ignored humanitarian crises in our nation.

BUSTED: Why Did House Committee Censor Appalachian Testimony on Mountaintop Removal? (VIDEO)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 11.29.2011 | Home
Jeff Biggers

The House Natural Resources Committee has some explaining to do. A press release summary from the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources completely deleted any mention of the official testimonies by Appalachian coalfield leader.

Winds of Change Blow in Coal River Valley, Alpha Energy Takes the Higher Road

Jerry Cope | Posted 10.12.2011 | Home
Jerry Cope

The battle over Mountain Top Removal as a method of coal extraction continues to be waged intensely across the mountains and hollows of Appalachia and in Washington DC.

Breaking: New Study Links Mountaintop Removal to 60,000 Additional Cancer Cases

Jeff Biggers | Posted 09.26.2011 | Home
Jeff Biggers

Among the 1.2 million American citizens living in mountaintop removal mining counties in central Appalachia, an additional 60,000 cases of cancer are directly linked to the federally sanctioned strip-mining practice.

EPA Guidance on Mountaintop Removal: Acceptable Birth Defects and Cancer Corridors in Appalachian Coalfields?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 09.21.2011 | Home
Jeff Biggers

The once proud EPA that promised "to protect 95% of aquatic life and fresh water streams in central Appalachia" and defend the Clean Water Act and health of coalfield residents has succumbed to right-wing political and legal pressures.

Blair Mountain Emergency: Obama Is Obliged by Deathtoll to Order Mountaintop Removal Moratorium

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.08.2011 | Home
Jeff Biggers

With nearly 1.5 million acres of American geography erased from our maps by mountaintop removal operations, Appalachia is dealing with an emergency situation of historic proportions.

Will President Obama Screen Last Mountain Film at White House -- And Then Abolish Mountaintop Removal?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.02.2011 | Home
Jeff Biggers

While The Last Mountain opens in theaters on Friday, its most important screening should take place at the White House Family Theatre.

EPA on the Brink: Kentucky Leader Teri Blanton on Next Steps for Anti-Mountaintop Removal Movement

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.01.2011 | Home
Jeff Biggers

Hailed as a cross between Erin Brockovich and the legendary Aunt Molly Jackson, Harlan County native Teri Blanton has been one of the most inspiring and fearless activists on the eastern Kentucky coalfield frontlines.

Next Steps for Anti-Mountaintop Removal Movement: Interview With Appalachian Leader Bo Webb

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.29.2011 | Home
Jeff Biggers

Living underneath a mountaintop removal mining operation in the Coal River Valley in West Virginia, Bo Webb has emerged as one of the most important frontline voices in the coalfield justice movement.

Big Coal's Rally of Denial: Coalfield Citizens Bring Message of Growing Health Care Crisis to State Capitol

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeff Biggers

Besieged citizens from the central Appalachian coalfields faced down Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and a large crowd of Big Coal lobbyist...

In Memoriam: Judy Bonds, MTR Activist and Superstar

David Novack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Novack

Judy Bonds will always be loved by the growing masses who have cheered her work -- and who now cheer her journey on.

Want to End Mountaintop Removal? Support These Tax-Deductible Campaigns, Projects and Films

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeff Biggers

Great movements for social and environmental justice come at a great cost for those on the frontlines. No one understands this better than the besieg...

The Webb Abides: Heroic Anti-Mountaintop Removal Activist Wins Prestigious Purpose Prize

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeff Biggers

After years of fearless and inspiring work to halt mountaintop removal strip mining, West Virginia activist Bo Webb was awarded one of the 10 prestigious Purpose Prizes today by the Civil Ventures think tank.

Heads Up! Massey Energy Now Blasting Coal River Mountain

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jerry Cope

The forecast in Coal River, W.V. now calls for heavy boulders and flying debris. Climate scientist James Hansen has declared it "ground zero in the fight against climate change".