• Board upholds DEP chemical tank designations

    Appalachian Mountain Advocates had a big win yesterday when the Environmental Quality Board upheld new safety standards passed to prevent a repeat of the January 2014 Freedom Industries, a massive chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for thousands of people in Charleston and surrounding communities. The state Environmental Quality Board rejected the gas industry’s challenge to decisions by state regulators » Continue Reading.

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  • Groups sue WVDEP to urge abandoned mine cleanup

    Appalachian Mountain Advocates is representing a coalition of conservation groups in legal action to hold the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection accountable for cleaning up abandoned coal mine sites.

    In two separate lawsuits, Appalmad alleges that West Virginia is violating the federal Clean Water Act by allowing illegal discharges of toxic pollutants leaching from former coal mines in Barbour, » Continue Reading.

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  • Appalmad Challenges Lax Pipeline Survey Practice

    Today Appalachian Mountain Advocates (APPALMAD) appealed and moved the Supreme Court of Virginia for an emergency stay of a ruling allowing Atlantic Coast Pipeline surveyors to enter private property in Buckingham County without giving landowners notice of the specific date of entry, despite the fact that the pipeline builder has not been granted the right of eminent domain.

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  • Appalmad Challenges First Energy/Mon Power Plan

    Last week we intervened in First Energy’s integrated resource plan on behalf of the Sierra Club. The plan outlines future electricity for over a half million people, but doesn’t properly account for things like renewable energy sources or energy efficiency savings, and completely ignores proposed regulations on carbon emissions.

    This is the first time First Energy has ever publicly disclosed » Continue Reading.

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  • New Challenge to Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Fracked Gas Power Plant

    Charlottesville, VA – Appalachian Mountain Advocates just filed a new challenge to a gas power plant, raising another potential roadblock for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. In comments on Dominion Virginia Power’s recent permit application for a new gas-fired power plant, we detailed the company’s failure to analyze and reduce significant air pollution expected from the pipeline as well as » Continue Reading.

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  • Conservation Groups Demand Protection for 420 West Virginia Streams in Jeopardy

    Lewisburg, WV — Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed a formal warning to the federal Environmental Protection Agency this week that both EPA and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection have failed their legal duty to protect many of the state’s most vulnerable streams. West Virginia used a lax measurement to judge impaired waterways throughout our state, leaving 420 damaged streams » Continue Reading.

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  • OSM on Notice for Failing to Protect Against Threat of Bankrupt Coal Mines

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, community and environmental groups sent the federal Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (“OSM”) notice of their intent to sue the agency if it fails to take action forcing West Virginia to secure funding to cover the full cost of cleaning up coal mines across the state. Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed the notice letter on » Continue Reading.

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  • Landowners Seek Highest Court’s Protection from Proposed Pipeline

    RICHMOND, VA – On Tuesday, February 16, Appalachian Mountain Advocates will seek to persuade the Virginia Supreme Court to enforce private property rights against Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (MVP). The group hopes the Court will reconsider a lower court’s decision to allow pipeline surveyors to enter private property over the owner’s refusal. The Court’s decision could impact all Virginia landowners » Continue Reading.

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  • Atlantic Coast Pipeline Re-route Threatens New Parts of Virginia and WV

    Dominion Energy announced plans today to re-route the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline through Bath and Augusta counties in Virginia and Pocahontas County in West Virginia. The new route comes in response to the United State Forest Service’s decision in January to reject the old route due to the harm it would cause natural resources on the public lands. (See » Continue Reading.

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  • Defending Fayette County’s Ban on Fracking Waste Injections

    We’re helping Fayette County, West Virginia’s top whitewater destination, defend itself against the potentially hazardous byproducts from fracking.

    Just last month, the County passed a ban on the disposal, storage or use of oil and gas waste within its borders. The ban would prevent injection of fracking wastes county-wide, keeping the waste from leaching into the County’s water. Despite » Continue Reading.

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