APPALACHIA POLL: 57% of Appalachian voters oppose mountaintop removal, and 78% support an increase in Clean Water Act protections
CNN POLL: 57% of Americans oppose mountaintop removal coal mining
A recent poll by news giant CNN indicates that 57% of West Virginians—including former coal miners—oppose the devastating form of coal mining known as mountaintop removal. And a groundbreaking new poll conducted by two bipartisan firms shows overwhelming support for ending mountaintop removal within the Appalachian states of KY, TN, VA, and WV.
Yet three of the most well-known mountains in the battle against mountaintop removal coal mining are in jeopardy. West Virginia's Blair and Coal River mountains, iconic representations of the immeasurable spirit of Appalachia and its people, are both under threat of new and renewed mining permits. In Virginia, the state has given approval to mine Ison Rock Ridge, one of the last untouched ridges near the town of Appalachia.
And families in Kentucky continue to unfairly pay the price for coal pollution. Methane gas leaking from nearby mining poisoned their drinking water and while Appalachian Voices has worked to help bring in a tractor-trailer truckload of bottled water for the families to drink, this is just a temporary solution to a much larger problem.
It is imperative, now more than ever, that we push harder to win this war against our mountains and mountain families.
United we can be a mighty force.
Music for the Mountaintop Festival Pledges to Help Us Save Mountains
Sam Bush loves mountains and is coming to the 4th annual Music on the Mountaintop Festival with 24 other musicians August 26 & 27 to prove it! The lineup will also include Railroad Earth, Acoustic Syndicate, and 7 Walkers (featuring Bill Kreutzmann, former drummer for the Grateful Dead). A portion of the proceeds from this ecologically-driven fest will be donated to Appalachian Voices—be sure to stop by our booth to learn about the exciting new work we are doing in NC and throughout Appalachia!
[ Join us August 26-27 - book your tickets now! ].
Protecting Appalachia's Waterways—One Source At A Time
The citizen monitoring component of our Appalachian Water Watch program has officially launched—and not a moment too soon. Earlier this month we learned that 13 families in Kentucky were dealing with methane poisoning in their drinking water because of nearby coal mining operations—one of the wells has been on fire for more than two months!
[ Learn about our Citizen Monitoring campaign and read about our efforts to help the Kentucky families ]
Flooding the EPA With Calls to Save Ison Rock
More than 70 people participated in our call-in day to protect Ison Rock Ridge from mountaintop removal coal mining. Organized by our Virginia office in conjunction with our Wise Energy for Virginia partners, the callers filled up the EPA's voice mail by 1:30 p.m., reminding the agency that they were the last barrier between Ison Rock and the destructive mining practice. The base of the mountain, which is in Wise County, Va., is surrounded by 1,800 residents in several communities.
[ Stay up-to-date on our other Virginia work ]