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September 2007

Mattea, Kennedy Stunned by Scope of Devastation
Organizing for a Better World
Injury, Insult, Insanity: Buffer Zone Rule Change
Mining Dams Check is DEP's New Top Priority
Your Work is Appreciated
Sludge Safety Project Meets with DEP
Citizen Input Made THE Difference in Sludge Safety Study
Yet Another Legal Victory Against Army Corps of Engineers!
Coal - to - Liquid: WV Public Energy Authoritys Plan for Your Future
Training to Listen, Listening to Tears of the Mountains
Surface Mine Board Rules to Allow Inaccurate Permit in Mingo County
Go Larry! CNN Profiles OVEC Board Member for Defending the Planet
Two New Books on Ravages of MTR
Faith In Action: Religious Community Engaging to End Mountaintop Removal
Teetering on the Edge - Is the Future of Coal in Question?
OVEC Works! Thank You!
Learning How to Work With the Media to Get Our Message Out
Boone Countys OVEC Team Really Taking Flight After Two Years
Getting the GIST of Grist
Every Action Counts! Residents Letters Result in Mining Site Inspection
King Coal, State Chamber of Commerce Say Environmental Groups Attacking WVs Economic Lynchpin
Let Us Be Very Clear: Mountaintop Removal Mining is NOT About Creating Jobs, Its About $$$$$
Attempt to Undermine OVEC Just Shows Its Importance
Interests of the Working Man: Citizen Groups Are Working to SAVE the Mountain State
Stover Cemetery Desecration Aided by State Agencys Repeated Inaction
Coalfield Delegation at the UN for Sake of the Mountains
What a Concept Government Of, By and For the People!
Farewell to Si Galperin, Champion of Clean Elections
Public Financing Would Mean Cheaper Elections
Global Warming / Climate Instability in the Mountain State
Feed Your Family, Support OVECs Work, Life Is Good!
Coal-to-Liquid is Nuts - Here Are Just A Few Reasons Why
Goodbye to Mitch, Writer and Friend
Miner Takes His Battle to West Virginia Supreme Court

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Winds of Change Newsletter, September 2007     See sidebar for table of contents

Mining Dams Check is DEP's New Top Priority

WV MetroNews, August 29, 2007

The state Department of Environmental Protection is now putting a review of all deep mining permits that have been issued for areas near impoundments at the top of its "to do" list.

"We have office staff looking at mining permits that have been approved in the last year or two to make sure none of them have been illegally approved," said DEP Communications Director Jessica Greathouse. "We also have our inspection staff out in the field right now looking at all underground mines near impoundments to make sure no mining is happening in the safety zone."

Alarm bells were raised at DEP earlier this month when it was discovered a permit for a Wyoming County mine would have mistakenly allowed the miners to dig coal from the earth directly below the Smith Branch impoundment. That could have put the miners and residents nearby into a precarious situation.

Greathouse says DEP noticed the mistake and immediately suspended the mining permit in the safety zone for Bluestone Coal Company.   Now they want to make sure it was only an isolated mistake and there arent other problems out there just waiting to happen.


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