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Coal Slurry

Fearless Coal Slurry Protests Launched: Activists Paddle Boat Across Deadly Impoundment (Photos)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.21.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Coal slurry impoundments abound in the West Virginia mountains--and in all coal mining communities, such as Illinois.

Coal Rogue State of Emergency Tonight: Illinois Farm Town Fights Second High Hazard Coal Slurry Dam

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.14.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

When Hillsboro residents gather this evening for a public hearing on a controversial permit proposal by a coal company to build a second toxic coal slurry impoundment within city limits, the stakes will go beyond the threatened health of this Illinois farm town.

Clean Coal Is a Hoax, Mr. President, and You Know It, So Drop It

Jeff Biggers | Posted 12.17.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Out of all the meaningless slogans bantered around this election season, President Obama's clinging to the "clean coal" banner ranks as one of the most specious. Coal is not and will never be clean.

New Documentary Exposes America's 'Other BP' Disaster

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.22.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

One of the most important film documentaries in years, turning the light on the dark side of all mining, Coal Rush faithfully documents the long-running legal proceedings until the final settlement in the summer of 2011.

Coal Slurry Scandal: Gov. Quinn, the High Hazard Dam in Hillsboro Is a National Disgrace

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.29.2012 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

In a blatant disregard of regulatory guidelines, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has quietly entangled itself in an inane and potentially deadly coal slurry scandal.

Canton Lake Thanksgiving: Residents Rally to Protect Clean Drinking Water from Strip Mine

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.22.2012 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

This Thanksgiving, residents in Canton and Orion Township in Fulton County, Illinois will enjoy the basic human right of clean drinking water -- though, not without a fight.

Appeal to Action: Appalachian Leaders Launch Mountaintop Removal Moratorium Now Campaign

Jeff Biggers | Posted 09.11.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Hailing a new study on birth defects related to mountaintop removal mining, leaders have issued a new appeal to Appalachian and national civil rights and environmental organizations to demand a moratorium until the government can effectively mitigate a spiraling humanitarian crisis.

Pay Day: Big Coal Lobby/Utility Giant Rake in $1 Billion To Create FutureGen Toxic Dump

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Big Coal utility giant Ameren just got confirmation that a pay-off check for nearly $1 billion is in the mail, courtesy of US taxpayers. Too bad the farmers contaminated by coal slurry in nearby Illinois never received such compensation.

The Next Great Coal Spill? Massey's Billion Gallon Disaster in Waiting

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As President Obama makes his third trip to the Gulf today to assess the worst crude oil spill in American history, residents in the coalfields can't h...

Coal Slurry Smiles: NY Times Nails Clean Water Act Crimes and Punishment

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Duhigg's portrait of the Clean Water Act violations in West Virginia--and the indifference of state agencies--blew the cover on one of the worst kept secrets in Appalachia.

West Virginia Supreme Court Chooses Coal Over Children

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

West Virginia loves coal. That became painfully obvious last week when the state's Democratic governor signed a resolution making the dirtiest rock on the planet the official state rock.