To Battle Mountaintop Removal, Sierra Club Launches New Website


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Enemy Number 1 for the Sierra Club is coal. In recent years, they have successfully stopped dozens of new coal plants from being built and now they have set their sights set on mountaintop removal, the devastating mining technique that blows up mountains and destroys communities.The Web site provides a handy permit tracker that allows viewers to see where mountaintop removal projects are in the approval process. The chart has contact information for the companies behind the projects so you can call them and register your displeasure. The site also has a slideshow of MTR projects, which shows how much damage mining does to the landscape. There's a Take Action section, too.

The Obama administration recently made some news on MTR. On Daily Kos, the Sierra Club's coal crusading Bruce Nilles says:

After a West Virginia court ruled against it recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today proposed revoking the nationwide "one-size-fits-all" permit it had used to authorize the dumping of coal mining waste into hundreds of miles of Appalachian headwater streams. The bad news, though, is that the Obama administration says it will continue to allow mountaintop removal mining to bury streams under tons of mining waste.

There is too much at stake in Appalachia for the administration to only go this far. Without a significant change in policy, mining companies will continue to destroy our mountains and bury our streams on the Obama administration's watch. If the Obama Administration fully enforced the Clean Water Act, which would prohibit filling streams with mining waste, and closed regulatory loopholes created by the Bush administration, mountaintop removal coal mining would become nearly impossible.

The coal industry continues to find ways to pollute and use its influence to strong-arm its way around environmental regulations. They are more interested in profits than people, and in setting up roadblocks to progress on clean energy. We must all work together to clean up the coal industry.

More on Mountaintop Removal:
EPA to Regulate Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining More Stringently
Ashley Judd on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

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