Please comment today! New
deadline of June 4 for comments to EPA
The Spruce No. 1 mine, the largest ever permitted in West Virginia, would bury more than seven miles of headwater streams, directly impact 2,278 acres of forestland, and severely degrade water quality in streams adjacent to the mine. People living near this Logan County mine would likely be driven away.
You can submit pre-written comments by clicking here, but we strongly encourage you to comment in your own words. Click here for addresses and other information you need to comment. EPA's page on Spruce No. 1 is here.
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Project Needs You Next Week
Speaking at this first hearing will be a representative of our Sludge Safety Project, as well as Dr. Ben Stout with the Wheeling Jesuit University, who has studied communities with contaminated well water. Representatives from the Departments of Environmental Protection and Health and Human Resources will present a summary of the results of a study of the impacts of slurry injection mandated by Senate Concurrent Resolution 15 passed in 2007, thanks to the work SSP and our supporters.
These hearings are the result of years of tireless lobbying by SSP and our supporters. We need your help now more than ever to push this committee to draft legislation (for the 2011 legislative session) that will address the problems of coal slurry and transition the industry to safer coal waste practices. For years, we've shown legislators scientific evidence and given community testimonials on the impacts of slurry. This is the best opportunity yet to make our case to the legislature that there is no such thing as safe coal slurry. Please come to the hearing to show your support for clean water for West Virginia’s mountain communities. Right now, we know the hearing will be held on either Monday, June 7 or Tuesday, June 8 at the Statehouse in Charleston. We don't have any more details yet, but please reply to this e-mail if you think you can attend the hearing, and we will send you the details when we have them.
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If you would like to read the rest of the appeal and take action, reply to this e-mail, with "Blair Mountain info" in the subject line.
Wednesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. in the Wilson University
Union at West Virginia State University
Thursday, June 3 at 7 p.m. People
Concerned About MIC meeting at
Institute Church of the Nazarene (Activities Building), Institute, WV .
June 22-26: US SOCIAL FORUM II . Detroit, Michigan, USA - A Call to Participate in Building the Road to Detroit. Another World Is Possible! Another US is Necessary! Go to www.USSF2010.org.
July 3 - 4: Annual Fourth of July Celebration on Kayford Mountain. Music, speakers, potluck. Speakers will include climate scientist James Hansen. Musicians will include Ben Sollee.
August 13 -15:
Camp Virgil Tate,
Sissonville, WV. Save the date for grassroots trainings with groups who
are part of the Alliance for Appalachia. Trainings on organizing, media,
anti-racism and more. Further details soon .