Take Action: We
Need an Ethical Director for Federal Office of Surface Mining (RE)
On August 6, the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee will hold hearings to consider Joseph Pizarchik for the position of director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE).
To prevent further damage in the coalfields and to ensure proper reclamation, we need an OSMRE director who is not from an agency with a history of lack of enforcement, someone who has not called for a weakening of mining standards.
Please use the letter-writing tools here to tell Senate committee members that you are concerned about mountaintop removal and you demand an ethical new OSMRE director who will enforce the law.
ACES: Fix It or Ditch It
To those of you reading this who are OVEC members, please watch your snail-mail in the coming weeks for a mailer on ACES and things you can do to help make a difference.
August 23: Come out for the CD release party for Still Moving Mountains: The Journey Home. Join us in Charleston at the WV Capitol Building Stage. Talent for the event includes Everett Lilly & the Lilly Mountaineers and The LoneTones and more. For more information and to volunteer to help with the event, contact Danielle Henry of Aurora Lights at Danif1000@aol.com or 716-432-9455.
We are deeply disappointed and concerned that President Obama has nominated Joseph Pizarchik to head the federal Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). This is a direct blow to the heart of all citizens living in the coalfields throughout the United States - and a victory for coal operators.
Mr. Pizarchik has promoted:
-Valley fills burying streams under piles of coal refuse;
-Destructive longwall mining;
-Decreased citizen participation - and formats for public hearings and forums that are restrictive to citizens;
-Decreased transparency and accountability for the decisions of mining officials;
-The dumping of toxic coal combustion wastes into coal mines, often directly into drinking water supplies, without safeguards; and
-A bonding program that fails to guarantee reclamation of the land or prevent water pollution from coal mining operations.
We need your immediate help in opposing this poor choice to head this important federal agency. The confirmation hearing for Mr. Pizarchik is scheduled for Thursday, August 6, 10:00 am.
Please join us in emailing the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee asking them NOT to confirm Mr. Pizarchik as Director of the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE).
Thanks for joining with us opposing this poor choice to head OSMRE.
(The above was excerpted from an e-mail by Lisa Graves Marcucci of the Environmental Integrity Project and Aimee Erickson of Citizens Coal Council.)
Remember the easy-action link here.