• WV DEP chief Caperton refuses hearing on MVP pipeline appeal

    The Justice administration has quietly refused to schedule a hearing on an appeal of a state authorization for the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline.  The letter was sent to the public interest environmental law firm Appalachian Mountain Advocates, which had challenged the DEP’s authorization. The two-paragraph letter did not state a reason for denial.

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  • This Land: Comey Firing Shows Trump Acting Like A Guilty Man

    The firing of FBI James Comey feels like the beginning of the end of the Trump Administration to me.

    The abrupt firing — Comey discovered he had been fired when the news flashed across television screens while he was talking with FBI employees in Los Angeles — came just one day after former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • This Land: Scott Pruitt Declares End To A War That Never Was

    President Trump and his minions just can’t stop using coal miners as props. Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, trotted them out in a recent commentary in The Washington Times.

    “When President Trump came to EPA to sign an executive order ending the ‘war on coal,’ he was flanked by Pennsylvania coal miners,” Pruitt wrote. “Hosting coal miners » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • This Land: Environmental Protection Agency Workers Are Demoralized For A Reason

    Imagine being one of the employees at whatever agency preceded the Ministry of Truth before Big Brother took over in the novel 1984. Your job at that agency was actually to tell the truth, to get out genuine, useful information to the public you served.

    Then Big Brother takes over, and your job becomes fabricating propaganda to serve Big Brother’s » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • This Land: Appalachia Knows Well The Pain Automation Could Cause America

    I read and watched a lot of science fiction as a kid, and remember thinking how cool it would be when robots were as commonplace as I assumed jetpacks and flying cars would one day be. Who wouldn’t want Rosie the Robot doing the laundry and cooking dinner? Or the Lost In Space Robot alerting you to danger, Will Robinson?

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  • Federal Review of Atlantic Coast Pipeline Fails People and the Environment

    An analysis of environmental impacts for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline is completely inadequate and falls far short of legal requirements.  This is the overwhelming consensus of thousands of comments filed this week with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  The agency had issued on December 30 a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the proposed 600-mile natural gas pipeline » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • This Land: Gutting Climate Change And Pollution Rules Won’t Bring Back Coal Jobs

    Predictably using coal miners as props, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday seeking to gut President Obama’s climate change initiatives and ending a moratorium on leasing federal land for coal mining. He’s already undone several coal-related pollution regulations. At the climate change signing ceremony, he once more promised his actions would bring back thousands of coal jobs.

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  • Groups Challenge Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Approval of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline


    Washington, DC — Today, the Sierra Club, Lancaster Against Pipelines, Lebanon Pipeline Awareness, Allegheny Defense Project, Clean Air Council, Concerned Citizens of Lebanon County, and Heartwood filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline.  The pipeline would clear » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • This Land: Trump’s Budget Would Hit His Appalachian Voters Hard

    Voters in Appalachia gave Donald Trump a lot of love on Election Day, providing some of his widest margins in the nation. But, like most malignant narcissists, Trump appears incapable of returning that love with anything but loathing and disdain.

    Sure, he made smooth promises during the campaign and even during his inauguration. He’d bring back coal. “Today we are » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • This Land: Republican Health Care Plan Would Be Devastating To Appalachia

    The Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare looked like a disaster the moment it was introduced, but now that the Congressional Budget Office has released its study of the bill’s impact and its architects have had more time to attempt to defend it, I think it’s safe to say that passage of the American Health Care Act would » Continue Reading. Continue reading

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