Last Friday, the EPA took a significant step toward blocking a Clean Water Act permit for Arch Coal’s Spruce Mine, the largest proposed mountaintop-removal coal mine in West Virginia history. It’s a big deal — see Ken Ward Jr. for more on what it means and what comes next. I just wanted to highlight the … Read more
I’m not necessarily choosing sides, though as somewhat of an environmentalist I certainly lean toward putting a stop to mountain top mining for sure. However, we must ask ourselves this very important question: “Why is it that mountain top mining even exists?” Well, the answer is, “because there is a great demand for it.” Not … Read more
Massey Energy is paying 1 million dollars to move the Marsh Fork Elementary School, after years of protests from local residents concerned with the safety of their children. When we began filming Coal Country, our first shoot was with Ed Wiley. Our videographer, Jordan Freeman, walked the 40 days and 40 nights with Ed from the … Read more
Charleston Gazette: CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Raleigh County Superintendent Charlotte Hutchens, who said students have become pawns thrust between two entities, asked the state School Building Authority on Tuesday for $6.6 million to build a new school to replace Marsh Fork Elementary. The school, which has become a rallying point for mining protesters, sits 300 feet … Read more
Massey Energy has pledged 1 million dollars to the Marsh Creek Elementary School, a school that has been a focus of strong anti-MTR protests in recent history concerning the Massey Energy massive coal mining operation that surrounds the community. West Virginia’s Senator Byrd has been an advocate for coal companies to step up and give … Read more
Abstract Economic changes and the machinations of the treadmill of production have dramatically reduced the number of jobs provided by extractive industries, such as mining and timber, in the United States and other affluent nations in the post–World War II era.
Quote from a comment earlier in this blog: “The groundwater was not contaminated…people have not become ill around our sites….”
MTR Mining – “We will reclaim these mines, and you’ll never know the difference” – say coal company representatives.
Quote from a comment earlier in this blog: “The vast majority of MTR ( Environmentalists Definition ) sites do not even disturb the tops of the mountains or hills for example Contour Mining which is now lumped in as MTR just to put ALL miners out of work.”
Giant Coal Moving Machines – “We care about jobs for the average miner in West Virginia” say coal company representatives
Quote from a comment earlier in this blog: “Mining companies are not big “Thugs” we are all just people trying to earn a living and do whats right.”