Monday, March 09, 2009

The Fight is on to End Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

An update in the fight to end mountaintop removal coal mining from our friends at Appalachian Voices. With the re-introduction of the federal Clean Water Protection Act last week (with a record 117 co-sponsors!) and a number of state-level efforts underway, there are many new fronts opening in the ongoing effort to stop the injustices of mountaintop removal. Here's the current tally of state and federal efforts underway...

Although this is a bare bones post, here is some important information about state-level efforts to end mountaintop removal coal mining… Please check back here soon for updates!

North Carolina: Appalachian Mountains Preservation Act
House Bill
Senate Bill

Select news coverage:
WUNC (North Carolina Public Radio)
Winston-Salem Journal
The Charlotte Observer

Maryland: House Bill 743
Bill Summary (PDF)
NRDC Switchboard Blog: "Momentum Peaks Against Mountaintop Mining

Georgia: Appalachian Mountains Preservation Act
www.SoutheastGreen.com: "The Appalachian Mountains Preservation Act"

Kentucky: The Stream Saver Bill
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth: "Stream Saver Bill"
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth: "I Love Mountains Day - 2009"

Tennessee: The Scenic Vistas Protection Act
Tennessee General Assembly bill summary
Lindquist-Environmental Appalachian Fellow bill summary

Still coming down the pipe soon...
South Carolina, Maine, and New York!

Oh, and in case you haven't heard, the federal Clean Water Protection Act is back!
Get in on the action here!

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