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  • Clean Water Advocates Sue to Stop Political Pressure to Bail Out Fracked Gas Pipeline

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, community and clean water advocates sued to reverse a U.S. Forest Service decision rushed through behind undue political pressure from the lame duck Trump administration. The Forest Service announced today it approved a plan for the controversial fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to build through the Jefferson National Forest, waiving common sense protections they had previously » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Federal court grants stay of Mountain Valley Pipeline waterbody construction

    Charleston Gazette-Mail — The Mountain Valley Pipeline’s legal limbo continued Monday as a panel of federal judges granted a stay of construction of the pipeline across about 1,000 waterbodies in West Virginia and Virginia.

    The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the stay following oral arguments by as it considered whether to grant a previous request by conservation groups, » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Propublica: This Billionaire Governor’s Coal Company Might Get a Big Break From His Own Regulators

    West Virginia environmental regulators are proposing to reduce the fines that a coal company owned by the state’s governor could pay for water pollution violations that are the focus of a federal court case. The move comes after the company stopped paying penalties required as part of a settlement four years ago to clean » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Judge Rules Justice-Controlled Coal Company Liable For Pollution Violations At W.Va. Mine

    WV Public Broadcasting – Following a suit by Appalachian Mountain Advocates and our partners, a federal judge has ruled a coal company owned by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is liable for more than 3,000 violations of federal clean water standards stemming from pollution discharged from a coal mine in southern West Virginia. Read the full story » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Federal appeals court delivers blow to Mountain Valley Pipeline

    Roanoke Times — In what environmentalists called a major victory, a federal appeals court on Friday struck down two key decisions allowing a natural gas pipeline to slice through the Jefferson National Forest. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with conservation groups that challenged approvals by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management for a » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Clean Water Advocates Take Legal Action Against Coal Pollution in Potomac River

    Three environmental groups took legal action yesterday against the operator of a West Virginia coal storage and loading facility for allowing stormwater contaminated with coal waste to pour into the North Branch of the Potomac River. Appalachian Mountain Advocates, the Potomac Riverkeeper Network, and Environmental Integrity Project sent a notice of intent to sue to the D. & L. Coal Company » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Atlantic Coast Pipeline Canceled

    Duke Energy and Dominion Energy said that lawsuits, mainly from environmentalists groups aimed at blocking the project — many of which were represented by Appalachian Mountain Advocates — had increased costs to as much as $8 billion from about $4.5 billion to $5 billion when it was first announced in 2014. We are so proud to be part of the » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Virginia Withholds Key Permit for “Header Injustice Project”

    Richmond, VA — Today, the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) issued a preliminary ruling against a controversial fracked-gas expansion project referred to as the “Header Injustice Project” by affected communities. Appalachian Mountain Advocates intervened on behalf of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the Sierra Club, to raise concerns about the potential impacts to ratepayers from the proposed 70-year cost-recovery » Continue Reading. Continue reading

  • Trump Administration Forced to Review Coal-mining Threats to Endangered Species Nationwide

    WASHINGTON— In response to a lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, and other allies, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement agreed today to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by October 16 to review the impacts of coal mining across the country on endangered species and ensure their survival is not being jeopardized.

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  • Environmental groups sue WV state agency over alleged mismanagement of coal mine clean-up fund

    CHARLESTON, WV  — Appalachian Mountain Advocates and Public Justice are representing the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC), and the Sierra Club in filing a notice of intent to sue the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) for its mismanagement of the Special Reclamation Fund (SRF), and its related failure to comply with federal reporting requirements. » Continue Reading. Continue reading

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