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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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SB 562 exemplifies the problem with regulation in West Virginia

By Dan Radmacher Why are West Virginia’s streams so polluted that less than a quarter of them can support their designated uses — such as recreation, providing drinking water, or supporting aquatic life? The example of the passage and implementation of … Continue reading

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West Virginia’s streams are in trouble

More than 40 percent of West Virginia’s rivers are too polluted to pass simple water-quality safety thresholds. They are too polluted to be safely used for drinking water or recreation, or to support healthy aquatic life. This is due in … Continue reading

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Boom! Boom! in Lewisburg

On November 17, about 70 Appalmad supporters gathered in Lewisburg for an afternoon of music, poetry and fellowship. The Boom! Boom! Fundraiser featured poet Crystal Good and the music of the Black Twig Pickers. It was a tremendous success, and … Continue reading

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Commentary: Patriot Coal and the true cost of coal

The recent agreement Appalachian Mountain Advocates reached with Patriot Coal was, as it should have been, huge news. This development proved one thing clearly: When coal companies are forced to pay the true costs of mountaintop removal mining, this destructive … Continue reading

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Patriot getting out of mountaintop removal mining

Today, Patriot Coal announced it has agreed to get out of the mountaintop removal business – permanently. This agreement represents an enormous victory in Appalachian Mountain Advocates’ 14-year battle against mountaintop removal mining. Our ongoing actions against Patriot to ensure … Continue reading

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Suits challenge mines over public health impacts

The U.S. Corps of Engineers continues to ignore a growing body of scientific evidence suggesting that mountaintop removal mining could be making people who live near mining sites sick in a number of ways. Mountaintop removal has been linked to … Continue reading

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Boom Boom: A fundraiser for Appalmad

Support Appalachian Mountain Advocates and join us on Nov. 17 in downtown Lewisburg for an afternoon of poetry, music and discussion. The event will run from 3 pm. to 6 pm. and will feature a poetry reading and discussion by … Continue reading

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Good news on conductivity

The West Virginia Environmental Quality Board issued an important ruling late last month calling on the state Department of Environmental Protection to only issue mountaintop removal mining permits after analyzing the potential for those permits to increase certain types of … Continue reading

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