20,000 Clean Water Act Violations equals attack of the lawsuit!

Posted by Jillian Randel | October 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm


Yesterday’s press release made its rounds quickly as our WaterWatch team here at Appalachian Voices announced its legal action against three coal mining companies for violations (and violations… and violations…) of the Clean Water Act.

ICG (International Coal Group) has already responded in a furious attempt to label us as an “anti-mining group” and accused us of “attacking” them. Considering that they have committed over 20,000 violations of the Clean Water Act in two years it’s hard to take these companies seriously when they accuse us of attacking them. Our “attacks” come only in response to their extreme attacks on the water supply, human health, and the environment of Appalachia.

On the contrary, the Kentucky State officials have responded that they are taking the allegations seriously and are ready to investigate. Here is a quote from the Governor’s office:

In a statement provided through his spokeswoman, Gov. Steve Beshear said: “These allegations are serious, and I have directed the Cabinet to investigate these claims. We will look further into the issues raised in the notice by these groups.”

The news is spreading on the web like wildfire. Check out the web-sites below to learn more:

The Ashland, Kentucky Independent: Coalition announces intent to sue coal companies Environmentalists claim 20,000 alleged violations in Kentucky

Louisville Courier-Journal: Environmentalists claim Kentucky coal mines faked water data


Lexington Herald Leader: Two Kentucky coal companies accused of fraud; advocacy groups intend to sue.

Institute for Southern Studies Facing South: Coal companies charged with massive violations of water pollution laws in Kentucky

Business Week: Groups claim mines polluting water in eastern Ky

Creative Loafing-Charlotte, NC: Coal companies sued for more than 20,000 clean water violations, fraud

Grist: The Tip of a Criminal Iceberg? #Coal companies charged w/ massive violations of water pollution laws in Ky

Associated Press:Groups claim mines polluting water in eastern Ky.

The Charleston Gazette Coal Tattoo: New legal action targets Ky. mine pollution

With Coal Company Polluters, It’s Citizens Who Have to Force Cleanup

Kentucky Coal Mines Accused of 20,000 Violations Over Past Two Years

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