Posts tagged West Virginia
Posts tagged West Virginia
Letter to the editor by Richard Fineman, The Review
BY Ken Ward., Jr., The West Virginia Gazette
Across the Appalachian coalfields these days, it’s hard to go anywhere without hearing about what mining lobbyists and political leaders call the Obama administration’s “war on coal.”
Radio ads blare the message of lost jobs and stalled permits. Lawmakers propose measures to block U.S. Environmental Protection Agency air pollution rules. Industry lobby groups and state officials pursue lawsuits to stop new water quality guidance on mountaintop removal mining.
Seldom mentioned by coal industry advocates is a little-noticed move by their allies in Congress to delay — and potentially end altogether — another Obama effort, this one aimed at saving the lives of thousands of coal miners.
It happened in mid-December 2011, in a legislative maneuver that got little media attention. The tactic and its potential impacts certainly avoided the sort of outcry that has come each time the EPA proposed new restrictions on mountaintop removal mining or the disposal of toxic coal ash.
A short documentary about Little Blue, America’s largest coal ash pond.
From the film’s YouTube page:
Published on Jan 1, 2013
Hear the stories of citizens in Beaver County, Pennsylvania and Hancock County, West Virginia. They’ve lived around Little Blue Run Dam, one of the larges coal ash impoundments in the U.S., for 35 years. Filmed in 2012.
“It’s equivalent to seven fire hoses,” Curt Havens said, describing one outflow. “If you lay seven fire hoses side by side, that’s how much water is coming through there.”
Neighbors blame the 1,700-acre Little Blue Run coal ash dump — an unlined impoundment that straddles the border with Pennsylvania and has for decades been a repository for combustion waste from FirstEnergy Corp.’s Bruce Mansfield coal power plant near Shippingport, Pa. The waste travels several miles through an underground pipe.
Environmental advocates argue the dump — which neighbors say is several hundred feet deep in places and can look light sapphire blue from the sky — is emblematic of the pollution that dozens of such facilities are causing. They want U.S. EPA to force them to close
A woman stands with a coal miner in Holden, West Virginia, 1938, by B. Anthony Stewart
Public Justice is co-counsel with the Environmental Integrity Project for Little Blue Regional Action Group, a citizens group in Pennsylvania that is contesting the coal ash disposal practices of FirstEnergy, the owner of the nation’s largest coal ash disposal site, Little Blue Run. The coal ash pond/dump covers 1,700 acres and spans the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border.