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.
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.
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.
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.