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Mountaintop Removal

Moving Mountains Tragedy 2014: Stunning Court Denial of Appalachian Health Crisis

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.22.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In a breathtaking but largely overlooked ruling this week, a federal judge agreed that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may disregard studies on the health impacts of mountaintop removal mining in its permitting process.

Why It's Time To End Mountaintop Removal

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

Mountaintop removal mining is an extreme, dangerous act that must be ended, and with this vindication, the president and his EPA must be the ones to end it.

One Fish, Two Fish... Dead Fish

Matt Wasson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Matt Wasson

When important recreational fish populations, a growing sector of the Appalachian economy and the health of Appalachian people clearly depend on strong water quality protections, the president's spirit of compromise should not extend to compromising on science.

West Virginia's Poisoned River National Park

Pat LaMarche | Posted 07.29.2014 | Green
Pat LaMarche

In the case of Blair Mountain, West Virginia's request for federal government resource protections are twofold: to protect the ecology of the mountain and to protect an integral part of the history of middle class gains against the brutal mining policies of the 19th and 20th centuries.

WATCH: Willie Nelson Joins The Fight Against Mountaintop Removal

The Huffington Post | Brianna Elliott | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green

Award-winning country singer-songwriter Willie Nelson is joining the fight against mountaintop removal -- a surface mining practice that involves clea...

Agents of Change: 7 Inspiring People Worthy of Your Attention Right Now

Greg Archer | Posted 04.09.2014 | Good News
Greg Archer

Masha Alyokhina (left) and Nadya Tolokonnikova of the band Pussy Riot chat with Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. Photo: Comed...

Kate Sheppard

Appropriations Bill Would Block New Mountaintop Removal Fill Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Environmental advocates are criticizing an omnibus appropriations bill provision that would block any new rules on the disposal of waste...

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

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

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

Free Mike Roselle From Jail: Free Appalachia From Mountaintop Removal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.30.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Roselle spent Thanksgiving in the Regional Jail in Charleston, West Virginia with a simple question: Why won't West Virginia Gov. Earl Tomblin simply have his state department's do their jobs and test the blasting dust for harmful toxins?

Mountaintop Removal: Two Ecosexuals Fight Back Hard

Greg Archer | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Greg Archer

Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the most revered American essayists and lecturers and the man at the helm of the Transcendentalist Movement of the mid-...

Autumn Dispatch From the Hills and Hollers of West Virginia

Junior Walk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Junior Walk

The past month has been fairly busy for me and my work fighting against the coal industry.

Earth Quakers Model Rapid-fire Escalation at PowerShift

Eileen Flanagan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Eileen Flanagan

Spirits were high on Monday, October 21 as seven representatives of Earth Quaker Action Team were lead away by Pittsburgh police for refusing to sto...

Drink up and Clean up Our Waters

Chris Espinosa | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green
Chris Espinosa

The state of waters in our nation is a problem that deserves serious attention. Water is life, and what's in our water glass is just as important as how many times a day we raise it.

From Selma to Coal River Mountain: Ken Hechler's Century of Hellraising Leadership Marches On

Jeff Biggers | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Happy birthday, Ken Hechler. If only the rest of Congress, the Democrats and all of us had your courage and determination today -- to be hellraisers, pass the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act and end the cancer of mountaintop removal.

Kentucky's Coal Challenges - Public Health, Clean Water, and Clean Air

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.11.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Guest column by Heather Moyer, Sierra Club This week's column focuses on some big coal-related news items out of the Bluegrass State, where some insp...

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.

Goodbye Gauley Mountain: One Of The Most Seductive Environmental Documentaries Of The Year

Greg Archer | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Greg Archer

Eco patriotism gets a delicious and effective makeover in Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story. And leave it to two enterprising lesbia...

Virginia Court System Slams Activists With Restitution

Junior Walk | Posted 10.13.2013 | Green
Junior Walk

In May, I was one of five arrested during the Alpha Natural Resources bridge blockade. I had to spend a stint of time in the Bristol, Va., city jail....

President Obama's Climate Action Plan: Not Even Close

Tom Weis | Posted 10.13.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

The president opened his speech with a poetic tribute to the Apollo program, a generational mission championed by President John F. Kennedy more than half a century ago. But no comparison can be made between Kennedy's bold vision and Obama's timid plan.

Public Interest Versus Private Greed

Frances Causey | Posted 10.08.2013 | Business
Frances Causey

Southern Arizonans are dealing with a mining company that is using its investors' money to buy political support to acquire permits that would allow it to blast a one-mile wide, half-mile deep, open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson.

Activist Profile: National Christian Denomination Stands Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 09.10.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

One of the best parts of my work is that I get to be inspired, every day, by the stories of people who are taking action - and taking leadership - to ...

'Green News Report' - April 23, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.23.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'...

West Virginia's Future Grim as Their Past Is Demolished

Pat LaMarche | Posted 05.26.2013 | Green
Pat LaMarche

Turning from deep well mining to mountaintop removal mining or surface mining isn't just environmentally cataclysmic; it's devastating to the cultural heritage of West Virginia.

Southern Arizona's Smoke and Mirror Mine

Frances Causey | Posted 05.21.2013 | Green
Frances Causey

Are southern Arizonans and their elected officials supposed to trust Rosemont's promise when it has such an abysmal track record of deception and misrepresentation?

Standing Up for Clean Water When States Won't

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Imagine that you've grown up in a beautiful, hilly countryside near many streams where you played and fished as a child. Now, years later, you can't e...