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The Great Coal Giveaway: BLM Coal Leasing Program Fundamentally Broken

2/4/2014 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, released a long awaited report that confirmed what we already knew: the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) coal leasing program is broken. The Bureau is mismanaging the resources on our public […] Read more >

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Dirty Business: Congress Seeks To Export U.S. Fossil Fuels and Carbon Pollution

1/24/2014 // By Jim Murphy

In another shameless attempt to undermine sound climate policy and keep the pedal to the metal on dirty fuel production, House Congressional members snuck a provision into the Omnibus Appropriations Bill to halt sensible policies that virtually eliminate U.S. financing […] Read more >

A mule deer in the Powder River Basin.  Flickr photo by Kimon Berlin

Powder River Basin Coal Mines Could Drastically Increase Carbon Emissions

1/22/2014 // By Mollie Simon

Wildlife in the Powder River Basin (PRB) of southeastern Montana and northeastern Wyoming are being mined out of their habitat. Coal companies are strip mining the public’s coal in the PRB and transporting it to the west coast ports to […] Read more >

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Weekly News Roundup- January 17, 2014

1/17/2014 // By Anne Goddard

What’s happening at National Wildlife Federation this week? Coal Disaster: Coal train derails and spills into stream in British Columbia. Clean Water or Bust! Tribes demand responsible mining and clean Water. Follow the Trek! Day 2 of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline […] Read more >

(Photo credit: Vivian Stockman)

Federal Government Investigates West Virginia’s “Lawless” Regulation of Coal Mining

1/16/2014 // By Jim Murphy

Charleston, West Virginia’s largest city and capital, has just begun to reopen after a coal processing chemical storage facility spilled into the Elk River, rendering the city’s water unusable for 300,000 people. While the spill was not a direct result […] Read more >

Coal train derailed in Burnaby, BC. Image via Flickr user Brent Granby

Coal Train Derails and Spills Into Stream in British Columbia

1/16/2014 // By Mollie Simon

Well, there has been another coal accident. On Saturday, a train traveling through Burnaby, British Columbia derailed, likely due to rain. Nine cars caring coal came off the tracks and three coal cars were overturned completely, spilling coal into nearby Silver […] Read more >

West Virginia's Elk River, key drinking water source & sport-fishing haven (Flickr/J. Stephen Conn)

Coal Chemical Spill Fouls West Virginia’s Elk River

1/10/2014 // By Miles Grant

Officials with Freedom Industries haven’t said yet just how much of a chemical used to process coal spilled into West Virginia’s Elk River on Thursday, but the impact is massive: As of Friday morning, 300,000 people are still without drinking water. The […] Read more >

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Wins for Wildlife

1/1/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

Thank you for all the actions you’ve taken to help protect wildlife! Here are some victories from 2013 that wildlife advocates like you helped make possible. Breaking Through on Climate Change Answering the call of wildlife advocates and the hundreds of […] Read more >

Students from Birney Day School get check out the Lummi Totem Pole. Photo copyright Paul K. Anderson. All rights reserved.

The Top 5 Moments In Our 2013 Fight To Stop The Otter Creek Coal Mine

12/20/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

It was a rough year for Arch Coal. Their stocks are in the tank, their credit rating keeps getting lowered and oh yeah, they still don’t have a permit for their proposed Otter Creek mine. But 2013 was a great […] Read more >

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The Dangers of Dirty Coal for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest

12/6/2013 // By Mary Price

Whale watching off the coast in Puget Sound is one of the most spectacular and time-honored traditions in the Pacific Northwest.  But the beauty of seeing some of the world’s largest animals in their natural habitat could become a spectacle […] Read more >