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.