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Mountaintop Removal Mining

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.

From East to West, Good News for Wilderness and Communities Threatened by Coal Projects

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 09.02.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

In the past week we've received good news on major proposed coal projects that pose a threat to communities and beautiful places, from both the easter...

Agencies Dodge Responsibility for Human Cost of Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.14.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week, we got some disappointing news - a judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers isn't responsible for considering the health effects of coa...

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-...

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 ...

Two More Victories in the Fight Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.23.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

While the fight to end mountaintop removal coal mining is still far from over, we are celebrating today's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the ...

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...

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Poisons Appalachia's Waterways

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.13.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

I remember the first time I saw a mountaintop-removal coal mining site - Kayford Mountain in southern West Virginia. Those images have never left my m...

The Few and the Many: Linking a Campaign to a Movement

Eileen Flanagan | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Eileen Flanagan

When I handcuffed my wrist to the White House fence on February 13 along with author Bill McKibben, the Sierra Club's Michael Brune, civil rights icon Julian Bond and 44 others, it was a big moment for my organization, Earth Quaker Action Team.

WATCH: Appalachian Kids Give Science Lesson to President Obama

Matt Wasson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Green
Matt Wasson

As these children explain, you don't need to be a scientist to understand the devastating impact that mountaintop removal has on the health and quality of life of people living nearby.

One Big Step Closer to Ending Mountaintop Removal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.16.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

One of Appalachia's biggest coal companies is getting out of the mountaintop removal business.

West Virginia's Not-So-Silent Killer

Posted 10.10.2012 | Green

From Sierra Magazine's “The Cost of Coal”: When mining companies level West Virginia mountains to get at the coal beneath, whole towns disappea...

The Mountains Weep for Larry Gibson

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.11.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

I always imagined that, when we celebrated the end of mountaintop removal, Larry Gibson would be there. I can't believe Larry won't be alive to see the abolition of the coal mining practice that was -- and still is -- destroying the mountains and communities he loved.

Obama Administration Can Still Protect Streams from Mountaintop Removal Mining, Despite Setback in DC Court

Matt Wasson | Posted 10.08.2012 | Green
Matt Wasson

Seriously, anyone who thinks that America's oldest and most biologically diverse mountains ought not be obliterated to pad the pockets of coal company executives and shareholders needs to say so. Loudly.

Historic Appalachian Communities Health Emergency Act Introduced in Congress for Mountaintop Removal Moratorium

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.19.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Recognizing the mounting humanitarian crisis from mountaintop removal mining in the Appalachian coalfields, Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Rep. Louise Slaughter joined others from across the nation today and introduced The Appalachian Communities Health Emergency Act.

Pressure Mounts to End Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 08.07.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week hundreds of residents from Appalachia and beyond came to Washington, D.C., to demand Congress end mountaintop removal coal mining and enforce the Clean Water Act.

Mountain Mourning: Appalachian Women Lead Dramatic Protest Against Mountaintop Removal: Interview With Marilyn Mullens

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.23.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

After serving her country as a major in the U.S. Army for 22 years, Marilyn Mullens is now leading a group of her fellow Appalachian women to the West Virginia state capitol on Memorial Day to protest the growing humanitarian crisis of mountaintop removal mining.

Protests Begin At Bank of America Shareholder Meeting

Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics

Activists from Occupy Wall Street, the environmental movement and labor unions, along with victims of home foreclosures, have begun massive demonstrat...

Zach Carter

Bank Of America Meeting Gets Protestors Warmed Up For Democratic National Convention

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics

Dozens of good-government groups, Occupy Wall Street contingents, environmental activists, struggling homeowners and institutional investors are desce...

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

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.05.2012 | Green
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.

Coal Mining Company Settles Lawsuit Over Deadly Flood

AP | DYLAN LOVAN | Posted 05.09.2012 | Green

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky mining company settled a lawsuit Friday that blamed mountaintop mining for stoking a 2010 flood that ravaged a tin...

RFK, Jr. Says Massey Coal 'Offensive To The Public Interest'

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 11.21.2011 | Green

Should a corporation with a track record of frequent legal violations be allowed to operate? Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Free Speech For People say no....

Appalachian Coalfield Leaders Join Tar Sands Pipeline White House Protest

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.31.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In an extraordinary act of solidarity, Blanton and other Appalachian coalfield leaders will join the growing climate justice sit-in at the White House today, calling on President Obama to deny the TransCanada Keystone pipeline permit.

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining: The National Research Council Should Investigate

Allen Hershkowitz | Posted 08.23.2011 | Green
Allen Hershkowitz

Science is not just another opinion. Resolving the most serious ecological problems requires adherence to sound scientific facts that are not limited by politically-driven scientific compromises.

Mountaintop Removal Threatens National Treasure

Renee Hodges | Posted 08.08.2011 | Green
Renee Hodges

Fayette County is one of the most beautiful counties in West Virginia. If Frasure Creek Mining LLC is permitted to move forward, that would mean a total of over 3,000 acres of mountaintop removal.