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Massive mountaintop removal mine threatens Clearfork Valley

April Jarocki and Appalachian Voices' Matt Hepler standing next to a drill rig parked next to the Hatfield Cemetery near Cooper Ridge Mine, owned by KopperGlo.

The Clearfork Valley of Tennessee has been intensely surface-mined going back decades. Now, Kopper Glo Mining is moving forward with a nearly 1,500-acre mountaintop removal mine on nearby Cooper Ridge.

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The fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is not over

Citizens protest the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

As expected, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently gave a glowing review to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, overlooking the threats to wetlands, forest, drinking waters and indigenous populations along the pipeline’s proposed route.

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Coal slurry spill in West Virginia linked to Alpha Natural Resources affiliate

A coal slurry spill on March 23, 2017, leaked approximately 5,400 gallons of coal slurry into Crooked Run, a tributary of the Coal River. The processing plant in Boone County, W.Va., where the spill originated is affiliated with Alpha Natural Resources.

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Public Frack Complaints Unearthed and Other Shorts

Public Frack Complaints Unearthed, Bill to Study Health Impact of Mountaintop Removal Introduced, W.Va. Coal Company Settles Water Pollution Lawsuit, and other news briefs

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Trump’s pick for Commerce has troubled history in coal

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Wilbur Ross — a man who helmed a large Kentucky coal company with a troubled history of environmental and miner safety violations — has been chosen to be the next U.S. Secretary of Commerce. If President-elect Trump truly believes that economic growth and opportunity can only be gained at the expense of worker safety, community health and clean water, he could make no better pick than Ross.

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Navigating the Russell Fork

The Russell Fork River was recently added to American River’s 2016 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers because of threats from mountaintop coal removal mining.

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West Virginia files Clean Water Act suit against Kanawha County mine

Acid mine drainage collects at the KD #2 mine site shortly after the state halted work at the mine. Photo courtesy the Kanawha Forest Coalition

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has brought a lawsuit against Keystone Industries over Clean Water Act violations at the KD #2 surface mine in southern Kanawha County, W.Va., adjacent to the Kanawha State Forest.

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Another step toward clean water in Southwest Virginia

Photo by Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards

Through a settlement with Penn Virginia Operating Company, a large landholding company, and A&G Coal Corp., a Jim Justice-owned company, several sources of the toxic pollutant selenium in Wise County, Va., will be cleaned up.

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Historic Clean Water Act Settlement in KY

Following a five-year legal battle regarding thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act, Appalachian Voices and our partners finalized a settlement with Frasure Creek Mining and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in December.

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An end to Frasure Creek’s water violations in Kentucky — finally

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Late Monday evening, Appalachian Voices and our partners finalized a historic settlement in our case against Frasure Creek Mining. The settlement follows a five-year-long legal battle to protect eastern Kentucky’s waterways and bring a coal company notorious for violating environmental laws to justice.

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