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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 >

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Stand with Heroes Fighting for Appalachian Mountains

8/13/2012 // By Jennifer Janssen

When I traveled as a college student to the coalfields of Appalachia to learn from the women and men fighting mountaintop removal coal mining, I had no idea the strength and courage of the people I would meet.  The local […] Read more >

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Saving the Appalachians from Mountaintop Removal Mining

9/30/2011 // By John Kostyack

Last week I travelled to Charleston West Virginia to see mountaintop removal coal mining. I saw the scale of mining underway and was taken aback. No community should be forced to tolerate this amount of environmental destruction. The mountain forests […] Read more >

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Ready to Fight the Stealth Attack on Wildlife? Part Three: Salamanders

8/31/2011 // By Amanda Stone

In all of your accidental or not-so-accidental  salamander sightings, have you ever seen two that were identical? With more than 500 species across the world that span the colors of the rainbow with speckles, spots, stripes, and some that can […] Read more >

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Climate Capsule: When the House Attacks

7/12/2011 // By Amanda Stone

This week’s stories: Highlight of the Week: House Spending Bill Attacks Endangered Species, Clean Water and Clean Air Quote: Jeremy Symons, senior VP, Conservation & Education, NWF Economic Story of the Week: Light it Up Editorial of the Week: Climate […] Read more >

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Kissing Cousins vs. Coal: Mining Industry Lawyers Clarify Comments on Inbreeding and Birth Defects in West Virginia

7/11/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Folks living near mountaintop removal mining operations may be at greater risk for birth defects according to a new study by West Virginia University (WVU) researchers. According to co-author Michael Hendryx, Ph.D.: Research related to infants has found that mothers […] Read more >

Polluters Insist on More Mountaintop Mining Pollution in Exchange for Budget Deal

4/8/2011 // By Felice Stadler

Outrageous. Instead of getting serious about settling the budget crisis before a government shutdown, comfortable politicians are sitting in Washington, DC and threatening to undermine all the work being done to protect Central Appalachia as a favor to polluters. Specifically, […] Read more >

Taking a Visit to the Other West Virginia, Where the Mountains No Longer Stand

4/1/2011 // By Felice Stadler

I’ve lived in the Washington, DC area for nearly 15 years, and having the beautiful mountains of West Virginia so close to my backyard has been a saving grace. How quickly you can find yourself lost in a mountain laurel […] Read more >