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What: Media Day at Kanawha State Forest
Find out why the Kanawha Forest Coalition contends that the WVDEP has not followed its rules in issuing a mountaintop removal mining permit for the KD#2 mine near KSF and why the Coalition is continuing to appeal this permit.
Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes.
When: Tuesday, December 16, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Kanawha State Forest
Just before entering the park, turn left onto the road that leads to the shooting range; you’ll immediately cross a small bridge over Davis Creek, right after the bridge there is a gravel parking area on the right where we will meet.
Four-wheel drive vehicles will be available for driving on Middle Ridge, but if you have access to a 4-wheel drive vehicle, bring it.
Who: Kanawha Forest Coalition
More Info: The media is invited to participate in all of the following:
- In arguing that the KSF viewshed won’t be impacted by this permit, the coal companies and DEP both claim that this mining operation won’t be visible from KSF, and certainly not from the Historic District of KSF. We will drive out to the gated Middle Ridge Road where one can see that the permit area is easily visible (and audible) to hikers, bikers, and other forest users, from within the Forest and from within the Historic District.
- Visit the home of Daile Boulis, a Loudendale resident who lives close to the mine operation and who will explain several ways that the rules have not been followed related to residents, such as testing their water. Doug Wood, a recently retired DEP biologist and water quality specialist, will explain that the permit does not adequately protect against adverse water quality impacts.
- DEP’s own rules make clear that a bat study is required before a permit can be issued. Doug Wood will take media to an abandoned mine portal that is a likely bat hibernaculum, and he will explain the reasons why the likely presence of the Indiana Bat (listed as endangered) and the Northern Long-eared Bat (proposed for endangered listing) make a study mandatory.
- The permit claims that no KSF wildlife will be impacted by the mining. Doug Wood will show vernal pools along the shooting range road that are prime breeding locations for frogs and salamanders. The pools and/or their amphibian populations will be directly impacted by the mining operation.
More Who: The Kanawha Forest Coalition is a grassroots organization of Forest users and Charleston area residents.