This month the industry's biggest lie -- that it can be trusted with our water -- is once again on display as another mining disaster has spilled millions of gallons of toxic mining waste and chemicals into our streams, rivers and lakes.
In West Virginia, where the political system has failed the people, the courts have become the last refuge of justice. What then, when the state's highest court is a repository for the lowest political motives?
Once again, our hearts and prayers go out to the families of coal miners--this time in western Kentucky--as reports emerge of a mine collapse at the Alliance Resource Partners' Dotiki Mine in Hopkins County, Kentucky.
The disaster of BP should be a lesson to the world: stop environmental abuses before they escalate to unmanageable levels. In other industries, the same inevitable environmental destruction must be avoided.