Archive for March, 2009

The Clean Water Protection Act is Back!

Thursday, March 5th, 2009 - posted by jeff

link to news and blog posts about the Clean Water Protection ActPlease write your representative today and ask them to become a co-sponsor!

The Clean Water Protection Act (H.R. 1310) is necessary to protect clean drinking water for many of our nation’s cities. It is also necessary to protect the quality of life for Appalachian coalfield residents who face frequent catastrophic flooding and pollution or loss of drinking water as a result of mountaintop removal.

From the east coast, to the west coast, to the states where it’s taking place, Americans want an end to mountaintop removal coal mining. On May 4, 2007, the Clean Water Protection Act was introduced in to the 110th Congress with 55 original co-sponsors. Because Representatives from around the country received thousands of letters from people like you, it ended last session with a record 153 bipartisan co-sponsors.

Building on that momentum, and with a friendlier administration and Congress, we have a real chance to pass the Clean Water Protection Act in the 111th Congress. On March 4th 2009, Congressmen Frank Pallone of NJ, John Yarmuth of KY, and Dave Reichert of WA introduced H.R. 1310 with 117 original co-sponsors in the 111th Congress; that’s more than twice what it had at the beginning of last session!

Please write your representative today and ask them to become a co-sponsor!

Now Congress Must Act

Thursday, March 5th, 2009 - posted by jeff

March 5th, 2009 – The following email was sent to the 34,000+ supporters of iLoveMountains.org. To sign up to receive free email alerts, click here.

Dear Friend of the Mountains,

A major step in our effort to end mountaintop removal coal mining has been taken in Congress.

Yesterday on the House floor, the Clean Water Protection Act (CWPA) was introduced by Reps. Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06), Dave Reichert (R-WA-08), and John Yarmouth (D-KY-03).

The CWPA was introduced with 117 bi-partisan co-sponsors — more than double the number of original co-sponsors from the 110th Congress!

Click here to find out if your representative is one of those co-sponsors:

http://www.iLoveMountains.org/action/write_your_rep/

The introduction of the CWPA is a major milestone for the new Congress — and further evidence of your effectiveness in pushing mountaintop removal coal mining to the top of the nation’s environmental agenda.

As Robert F. Kennedy Jr said in regards to the CWPA introduction, “The Clean Water Protection Act is the first broad Congressional initiative aimed at reversing the Bush Administration’s eight-year effort to savage our national waterways and the popular laws that protect them.”

Grist explains further the urgent importance of the CWPA:

The [CWPA] was introduced originally to challenge the outrageous executive rule change by the Bush administration to redefine “fill material” in the Clean Water Act, which has allowed coal companies to blast hundreds of mountains to bits, dump millions of tons of “excess spoil” into nearby valleys, and bury hundreds of miles of streams. An estimated 1,200 miles of waterways have been destroyed by this extreme mining process.

The end result: Toxic black waters and poisoned aquifers that have denied American citizens in the coalfields the basic right of a glass of clean water.

The timing of the bill couldn’t be more urgent: On the heels of a 4th U.S. Circuit Court decision that overturned greater environmental review of mountaintop-removal actions by coal companies, scores of mining permits are flooding through the gates of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this month

Grist praises the “quickly growing and extraordinary nationwide support” for the CWPA. That growth and support is the direct result of your action.

So please, help keep up the pressure by taking a moment to contact your representative today.

If they are already a co-sponsor, thank them for their support and urge them to do all they can to help bring the CWPA to a vote.

If they aren’t yet a co-sponsor, ask them to stand with the growing movement of Americans who want to protect clean water and end mountaintop removal coal mining:

http://www.iLoveMountains.org/action/write_your_rep/

Thank you for everything you do.

Matt Wasson
iLoveMountains.org

PS If you have a blog, please join more than 1000 other bloggers who are helping to spread the word about the devastating effects of mountaintop removal coal mining by joining our blogger’s challenge: http://www.ilovemountains.org/bloggers-challenge

The Clean Water Protection Act and the 111th Congress

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 - posted by jeff

February 26th, 2009 – The following email was sent to the 34,000+ supporters of iLoveMountains.org. To sign up to receive free email alerts, click here.

Dear Supporters,

Last Friday, the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA overturned a 2007 decision stating that the Army Corps of Engineers had improperly issued permits for mountaintop removal coal mining operations.

This setback for our cause is a reminder of how important it is that the new Congress passes the Clean Water Protection Act (CWPA).

The Clean Water Protection Act would sharply reduce mountaintop removal coal mining, protect clean drinking water for many of our nation’s cities — and protect the quality of life for Appalachian coalfield residents who face frequent catastrophic flooding and pollution or loss of drinking water as a result of mountaintop removal.

The good news is that Representatives Frank Pallone and Dave Reichert are preparing to introduce the Clean Water Protection Act in Congress in the coming days.

Already, 91 of their fellow members of Congress have agreed to co-sponsor the CWPA when it is introduced.

Is your representative one of those co-sponsors? Click here to find out:

http://ilovemountains.org/action/write_your_rep/

If your representative isn’t on the list, please take a moment to email them and ask them to support the CWPA and to take a stand against mountaintop removal coal mining:

http://ilovemountains.org/action/write_your_rep/

You can also help move the CWPA through Congress by joining us for the 4th Annual End Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington, taking place the March 14th-19th.

By joining us in Washington, you’ll get to meet and work with other passionate Appalachian activists from around the country; develop and hone your outreach skills in our outreach workshops; and meet face to face with legislators to help inspire and educate them to pass legislation to end mountaintop removal coal mining in 2009.

To learn more and register for the Week in Washington, click here:

http://www.ilovemountains.org/action/wiw2009

Thank you for everything you do.

Matt Wasson
iLoveMountains.org

PS Your contribution to iLoveMountains can help us keep the pressure on to end mountaintop removal coal mining. Click here to make a tax-deductible contribution.