Two students who miss the Appalachian mountains of home are putting together an email listserv to help us all stay up-to-date on the latest news relating to the ever-growing fight against Mountain Top Removal (MTR) mining. The listserv will be used to send out news updates and also, as the project grows, send out calls for help with research and commenting projects related to MTR.
*Contact Torie Jarvis and Mackenzie Lawson with questions and to get involved!
EJA students are busy this year! We’ve done substantive work on a number of issues, including writing comments in response to surface mine permit renewals. Read an example comment here.
Help protect the Cumberland Mountains in Tennessee from Coal Mining through the Center for Biological Diversity. Through the website you can send comments to the Department of the Interior asking that the entire petitioned area be designated as unsuitable for surface coal mining.
MTR NEWS (July 2011):
- In case you haven’t heard, the EPA passed a new rule regulating air emissions from coal-fired power plants. This makes me especially happy for Mackenzie’s home state of PA, which will greatly benefit from the new regulations. Read more about it here.
- Also big news - researchers as WVU recently published a study that found higher rates of birth defects near mountaintop removal areas. The study has been receiving quite a bit of controversy, which you can read about here. It’s really interesting stuff, so check it out!
- And a heads up - The Last Mountain will be playing in Portland from July 15-21 at the Regal Fox Tower Theater. Mackenzie saw clips at a climbing event in WV in May, and it looks awesome! It also features an interview with attorney Joe Lovett, Executive Director of the Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment, where L&C alum Ben Luckett works. Go see it. Take your friends.
MTR NEWS (June 2011):
- For other news about the March on Blair Mountain (Going on in WV to fight to preserve Blair Mountain, the historic location of one of (if not the) biggest standoffs between mine workers seeking to unionize and the coal company “army.” It was recently de-listed from the National Historic Register and faces the threat of possible MTR.)
- From MSNBC, on the legacy of mountaintop mining.
Prof. Pat McGinley is teaching a Law of Coal class this summer, and he has just released, along with a larger team, a study of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster which killed 29 WV miners last year. This is an historic and timely report, as Ken Ward discusses on CoalTattoo (http://blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/)The report is here.
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