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Appalachian residents are taking action to end MTR , and they are asking YOU to join them! SHARE this video by clicking the button below ( on YouTube) so that all your friends & family are aware of what's happening to America's mountains and what they can do to stop it.

Sign the pledge at http://mountainpledge.org

I need your help today getting a message out to as many people as we can. As you may have heard, mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR) is a very dangerous practice that blows apart the peaks of mountains to cheaply access coal below the surface. Throughout the Appalachian Mountains, MTR is polluting the water, destroying the forests, and gravely threatening the health of local people.

I've taken the pledge to help end mountaintop removal in 2010. Join me. Please watch this video and share it with as many friends as you can.

http://mountainpledge.org

Residents in Appalachia have been fighting against this barbaric mining practice for decades and an alliance of organizations has since joined them. In early April, the EPA finally made a decision forcing coal producers to curb the practice of dumping MTR waste into neighboring valleys, which will make it much more difficult to continue MTR mining. This is a big step, but it's not the full ban on MTR we need to completely put an end to this practice.

If all Americans stand up to say no to the destruction of our mountains, we can convince politicians to protect them, but first we've got to make sure all Americans are aware of what's happening.

So please, watch the video and click the Facebook, Twitter & Email buttons to pass it on to everyone you know.

http://mountainpledge.org

Thanks for joining me in taking the necessary action to save our mountains. It only take a few minutes and it makes a bigger difference than we can even imagine.

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Comment by Leah DiMaria on March 2, 2011 at 3:46pm

First Big Coal Broke the Union. Then It Broke This Town!

http://motherjones.com/environment/2011/03/massey-energy-twilight-w...

 

Help Protect the Grand Canyon From Uranium Mining!

Please sign petition...

http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_K...

Comment by Leah DiMaria on March 2, 2011 at 2:43pm

Thank you Ellen ! Judy Bonds is &  will be deeply missed !

 

Comment by Ellen on January 4, 2011 at 10:29am
Comment by Leah DiMaria on October 19, 2010 at 10:18am
PNC Bank is now the largest financier of mountaintop removal coal mining in the U.S. Since 2008, PNC has provided over $130 million to six of the eight largest coal mining companies, including the worst of the worst- Massey Energy.
link to petition from RAN..Please sign today! Thanks,in advance !!
http://act.ran.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=2576
Comment by Leah DiMaria on October 19, 2010 at 10:13am
PNC: Stop Funding Mountaintop Removal !!
Until PNC bank divests entirely from mountaintop removal coal mining operations in Appalachia, we must engage in creative non-violent direct actions to drive home the message that their complicity is not acceptable.
http://www.dirtymoney.org
Comment by Leah DiMaria on October 17, 2010 at 2:52pm
http://www.sierraclub.org/beyondcoal - The Life of Coal is a dirty one. Learn about it and get involved in the work to build a cleaner future!
Take Action,sign the petition here
http://action.sierraclub.org/site/PageServer?pagename=nat_coal_lc&a...
Comment by Leah DiMaria on October 17, 2010 at 1:18pm
Some good news,from Care2
http://www.care2.com/causes/environment/blog/epa-likely-to-revoke-s...
EPA Likely To Revoke Largest Mountain Top Removal Mining Permit In West Virginia

On Friday, an EPA official announced that the agency has reason to believe the Spruce Fork No. 1 mine may result in unacceptable adverse impacts to fish and wildlife resources in the state of West Virginia.

"We intend to issue a public notice of a proposed determination to restrict or prohibit the discharge of dredged and/or fill material at the Spruce No. 1 mine project site." EPA Region III Acting Administrator William C. Early wrote in a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Huntington District office.

If both agencies choose to invoke the Clean Water Act in this case, it could result in the revocation of Arch Coal Inc.'s permit for the Spruce Fork No. 1 mine in Logan County.

The Spruce Mine is the largest surface mine in West Virginia. The current permit, which was issued in 2007, allows the company to exploit about 2,300 acres through mountain top removal mining and to dump the resulting waste in more than eight miles of streams.

Although the Arch operation is the only surface mine for which an Environmental Impact Statement has ever been prepared, Early wrote that conclusions included in that assessment "are not supportable."

West Virginia's Gov. Joe Manchin (D) recently filed a lawsuit against both the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers, accusing the agencies of purposefully delaying 23 pending mountain top removal mining permits and harming the state's economy in the process.

Fifty House Democrats have since joined together to support of new regulations that make it tougher for coal companies to continue mountain top removal mining.

Tell Congress You Oppose the Destructive Practice of Mountaintop Removal Mining!
Comment by Leah DiMaria on October 17, 2010 at 1:11pm
Eric,
Whether you realize it or not, YOU do a great deal every day! This site alone is proof of this. :)
Time,energy & staying educated on so many vital issues is not easy & all we can do is a little at a time..but if everyone did just 1 thing, no matter if great or small,it DOES make a difference,WE do make a difference for the better. I really enjoyed reading your comments & found them to be very interesting & informative.I truly thank you for taking the time to reply .
Ellen,
I really loved what you wrote in your last comment !! thank you !!
Yes, I agree with all you wrote. I tend to work on all levels,including political,it is exhausting & frustrating,as well as very sad..yup,it truly is!
Educating as many people as possible is my main concern. So much misinformation & propaganda out makes this very very difficult!
So many concerned citizens & activists/advocates can agree on the problems,however we are being terribly divided in agreeing on the solutions.
I do get very frustrated & don't write as many blogs or discussions in many places I usually would,as am exhausted by the never ending debates & arguments in regards to energy issues & so many others too.
To many people tend to form opinions based on little info. and far to much misinformation. So,how to get out the TRUE facts? hmmm..well still working on that one. Since no matter how correct or true,someone will find something to refute it,sigh..
I need to change my bank too ,Ellen. To Which one? well I'll do a search on the Green Pages directory,perhaps for us both? ( my bank was bought up & changed to PNC also )
Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. ( went by the name "Co-op America" until January 1, 2009.) ...
www.greenamericatoday.org
http://www.greenamericatoday.org/socialinvesting/
Their Green pages directory is awesome! I have been a member & using their directory since they were founded.
Comment by Ellen on October 14, 2010 at 12:48pm
“We can learn where we are, we can look around us and see,” We also can rely on land health, “the capacity of the land for self-renewal,” and work at conservation, “our effort to understand and preserve that capacity.”

Don't look to educational, political, or corporate institutions for much help in those efforts, instead look to “leadership from the bottom” that can be provided by groups and individuals “who without official permission or support or knowledge are seeing what needs to be done and doing it.”
Slogans such as “think globally, act locally” are of little value and that terms such as “green,” which are too easily exploited by corporations for marketing, are downright dangerous.

“What gives hope is actual conversation, actual discourse, in which people say to one another in good faith, fully and exactly, what they know, and acknowledge honestly the limits of their knowledge” ......Wendell Berry, who farms in his native Henry County, Kentucky
Comment by Eric Stallsmith on October 12, 2010 at 11:35am
As a society we are a bit stuck with no perfect solutions. The fact is that America runs on energy....we all have electricity, we all use cars, we all eat stuff that comes from all over. Energy is the base of it all.

We all know this....if they didnt remove the mountain tops they would have rift mined that coal....if they didnt mine the WV coal they would mine the dirtier coal found elsewhere.

What is very worrysome to me is dirty oil production. check out this great article

Canada is willing to declare the tar sands an enviromental sacrifice area, but we all know that pollution will leak out.

We all have X amount of time in the day and I feel like I have very little control over the big problems....not that they are not important. For me it seems more possible to effect some little changes in Indiana and little things I can directly do.

I am probably wrong.

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