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Three Steps to Supercharge Your Bedtime Stories with Wildlife

8/7/2015 // By Grant LaRouche

It waits in the dark, beady-eyed and skulking under the shadow of a flat river rock. Wrinkled, murky gray-green-brown, the beast oozes slime in the shallows, ready to lunge at an unsuspecting five-year old’s fingers…ready to make bedtime stories interesting …

NWF and West Virginia Rivers Coalition Act to Protect West Virginia’s Mountains and Streams

3/17/2015 // By Jim Murphy

National Wildlife Federation and its West Virginia affiliate West Virginia Rivers Coalition joined five other local, regional and national groups in filing a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Department of Interior because the Department’s Office of Surface Mining …

(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 …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

No Fracking Way: Protecting Our Public Lands, Wild Places and Wildlife

9/21/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Great Outdoors America Week is September 19 -22 this year, but every day is an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of our public lands, wild places and wildlife. George Washington National Forest, which stretches from Virginia to West Virginia, is …

Photo credit: Vivian Stockman

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 …

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Coal, Kids and America’s Classrooms

6/7/2011 // By Jenna Peters

I bet you remember the powerful and persistent Julia Roberts in the Oscar-winning “Erin Brockovich” who is an impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history around the contamination of drinking water.  The southern California town of Hinkley …

Killer Coal Starring in “The Last Mountain”

6/2/2011 // By Mary Ellen Kustin

I was reading through a report last week that the Governor of West Virginia’s independent investigation panel just released their findings on what led to Massey Energy’s coal mine explosion that killed 29 miners last year. Their verdict? Massey Energy’s …

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