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LeDaro: West Virginia: Water safety

This can happen anywhere. Very scary with all the fossil fuels being transported by rail, trucks and pipes.

Trashy's World: Is this what John Denver was referring to?

… in his song “Country Roads”? Country Roads, take me home To the place I belong West Virginia, mountain momma Take me home, country roads Is “mountain momma” a metaphor for a goat? Note to self – don’t dress as a goat if visiting West Virginia… Yuck. CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A judge says a West . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Is this what John Denver was referring to?

DeSmogBlog: Massey WV Coal Battle Take Two: Erie, CO Citizens Fight Fracking

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Erie, CO meet Naoma, WV. Though seemingly different battles over different ecologically hazardous extractive processes — hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for unconventional gas versus mountaintop removal for coal — the two battles are one in the same and direct parallels of one another. 

On June 2, a coalition of activist organizations led by . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Massey WV Coal Battle Take Two: Erie, CO Citizens Fight Fracking

DeSmogBlog: Coal Ash Sites Posing Increasing Dangers To Water Supplies, Public Health

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The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) has once again put together a fantastic report regarding water contamination near coal ash disposal sites.

Last year, the EIP released several reports showing that drinking water near coal ash disposal sites in states across America contained dangerous levels of heavy metals and other toxins, . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Coal Ash Sites Posing Increasing Dangers To Water Supplies, Public Health

DeSmogBlog: Spruce Mine Mountaintop Removal Coal Permit Restored

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In late March, a federal court ruled to open the Spruce No. 1 mine in Logan County, WV, to mountaintop removal coal mining. The EPA had originally vetoed the permit back in January of 2011, explaining that the destructive practices of mountaintop removal would endanger communities' health and access to clean . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Spruce Mine Mountaintop Removal Coal Permit Restored