At a fundraiser to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of our founding, Appalachian Mountain Advocates ? formerly the Appalachian Center for the Economy & the Environment ? will host a screening of ?The Last Mountain? at the historic Lewis Theatre on Sept. 29.
There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. with food and refreshments followed by the movie » Continue Reading.Continue reading
Appalachian Mountain Advocates was founded 10 years ago this fall as the Appalachian Center for the Economy & the Environment. We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary with a fundraising party in Charleston on Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. and hope you can join us.
We’ll have live music, food and refreshments.
Location: The home of Sean McGinley and Ana Marino, 121 » Continue Reading.Continue reading
Attorneys for the Appalachian Mountain Advocates, working with Jim Hecker of Public Justice on behalf of?West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, the West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the Sierra Club, have reached an important settlement with West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection that will clean up the water pollution from nearly 200 abandoned mine sites.
Since passage of » Continue Reading.Continue reading
The poll on attitudes of voters in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee about mountaintop removal and environmental protection had some incredibly strong numbers showing broad and deep opposition to mountaintop removal and very strong support of environmental regulations to protect streams, rivers and lakes from the impact of that mining.Continue reading
Did you watch CNN’s documentary,?“Battle for Blair Mountain: Working in America”?last night? If so, what did you think?
While it had its good moments, I agree with a friend of mine who said the emotional weight of the piece was centered on Jim and Linda Dials, a surface miner and his wife who spend much of the documentary waiting » Continue Reading.Continue reading
This post is based on a commentary that originally appeared in The Roanoke Times on July 4, 2011.
Coal-powered electric plants provide much of Virginia with some of the cheapest electricity in the nation. But they do so at a tremendous cost. For one Alexandria couple, that cost was too high.
Sherrie Good and Virginia Cutchin?s house, recently outfitted » Continue Reading.Continue reading
On July 14, 2011, Executive Director Joe Lovett testified about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of mountaintop removal mining before a hearing of the House Oversight Committee. You can watch the testimony below.
The full congressional hearing can be found here.Continue reading
Because it has stepped up enforcement of mountaintop removal permits, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has come under shrill, bipartisan attack in Congress.
At a hearing before the House Oversight Committee this afternoon, Center Executive Director Joe Lovett was one of the few witnesses defending the agency, though he said it should be doing far more to ensure that coal » Continue Reading.Continue reading
This post is based on a commentary that originally appeared in The Charleston Gazette. H.B. 2018 passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 13.
When the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, the need was desperately apparent. Rivers were catching on fire. Pollution choked waterways. Most rivers and streams weren?t safe to swim in. For some reason, » Continue Reading.Continue reading
See if an area near you is threatened by mountaintop removal mining. Click here.
The Obama Administration is in the process of reviewing many pending mountaintop removal permits. The administration reviews should be based on the best science available and comply with both the Clean Water Act and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. In the past this » Continue Reading.Continue reading