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Obama proposes crack-down on fracking emissions

In a promising step, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas drilling industry by up to 45 percent of 2012 levels over the next decade. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas … Continue reading

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Federal judge rules against Fola in conductivity case

Lawyers from Appalachian Mountain Advocates prevailed in a case against Fola Coal Company, a subsidiary of CONSOL Energy. Chief U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers ruled that Fola was liable for damage to two West Virginia streams caused by pollution discharges … Continue reading

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WV judge bars pipeline surveyors from private property

Appalachian Mountain Advocates scored a critical victory yesterday when a West Virginia judge ruled that the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline is not for public use under West Virginia law and that the pipeline company cannot use a state statute to survey … Continue reading

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Verdict in Fola lawsuit confirms harm from conductivity

In late January, U.S. Circuit Judge Robert Chambers once more found that high conductivity levels resulting from pollution flowing from mountaintop removal mining operations harm the biological integrity of streams and violate water quality standards. On Jan. 27, Chambers ruled that … Continue reading

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Selenium settlements resolve multiple lawsuits

On Dec. 19, 2014, Appalachian Mountain Advocates announced three settlements with Central Appalachian coal companies that will require the companies to treat unlawful selenium discharges into West Virginia’s waters, to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to efforts to protect … Continue reading

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Conductivity settlement to have huge impact

A settlement agreement has been reached between a group of environmental groups and Alpha Natural Resources over the company’s pollution from mountaintop removal mining operations. The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and Sierra Club — represented by Appalachian … Continue reading

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EPA needs to take over pollution programs

Appalachian Mountain Advocates, Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices and a number of state and regional environmental groups have joined together to petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to acknowledge the failure of several Appalachian states to administer and enforce the National … Continue reading

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Judge agrees that conductivity pollution hurts streams

Appalachian Mountain Advocates has been pursuing a number of legal cases designed to show that mining operations that cause high levels of conductivity downstream are violating water quality standards — and their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits. That legal theory … Continue reading

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Absentee ownership holds Appalachia back

No other single factor has done more to hold Appalachia back economically than the huge percentage of land in the region owned by absentee landholding companies. In 1974, Tom Miller, a reporter for the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, wrote a striking series … Continue reading

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Two victories in the fight against mountaintop removal

Two days; two excellent decisions from federal appeals courts. Last Monday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in our favor in a case against the U.S Army Corps of Engineers  and its issuance of streamlined national permits for … Continue reading

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