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August 2009

Floods ... Again
OVEC Organizer Wins International Recognition with Green Nobel
JOBS and Energy Answers for Our WV Mountain Communities
Picnic for Green JOBS
MTR Mining Equipment Taken Off Gauley Mountain For Now
Board Adds Conditions to Disputed Fayette County Mine Permit
Lets Make Sure the Transition to a Clean, Green Energy Future in WV is a Peaceful One
Calling All Potential New OVEC Board of Directors Members!
Congress Doesnt Always Want to Come CLEAN
The CLEAN Citizens Leading For Energy Action Now
American Clean Energy Security Act: Coal Rewarded
Good Gosh, We Could Have Used That Money to Jump Start the Clean Energy Future in America!
Slurry Lawsuit Settlers Frustrated With Wait for Money
Mountains Aided With First-Ever Fundraising Concert in North Carolina
Sludge Safety Project Legislative Session Wrap-Up
DEPs Sludge Study Results: Agency Still Dont Know Nuthin
OVEC Organizer Testifies at Senate MTR Hearing
Thanks for All the Volunteers Who Helped After the Floods
Fighting For Our Ancestors Resting Places
Lobbying for Green Jobs in DC
Growing Movement Demands Protection for Mountains, Climate, Humanity
Environmental Groups Ask EPA to Take Over WV Pollution Permitting
Byrds Eye View: Staffers Get Close-Up Views of Mountain Range Removal
A Good Win in A Critical Federal Court Case Against MTR
Judicial Bill Pulled by Governor
Supreme Court Case Makes WV A National Laughingstock
Eating For OVEC Keeps Raising $$$
Photovoice Participants Capture their Communities in Images
Photovoice Exhibitions Well Covered By Local and Statewide Media
You Dont Have to Go to Copenhagen to Make a Difference
Obama and Mountaintop Removal Mining: The Roller Coaster Ride
New CD Celebrates Coalfield Resistance to Mountaintop Removal
Blair Mountain and the National Register of Historic Places
Ashford Yesterday, Today and Maybe Tomorrow?
Come Home to West Virginia? Buyer Beware!
Louv-ley Day in Charleston
Who Are They Kidding?
Web Extras:
Open Letter to Governor Manchin about Blair Mountain
Matewan, West Virginia

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Board Adds Conditions to Disputed Fayette County Mine Permit

by Ken Ward Jr., Excerpted from June 9, 2009, Charleston Gazette

The state Surface Mine Board on June 9 upheld the renewal of a CONSOL Energy strip mine permit where company officials had not fixed reclamation problems and water quality violations.

During a daylong hearing Tuesday, (citizen group attorney) Derek Teaney had urged board members to overturn the state Department of Environmental Protections renewal of the permit for CONSOL subsidiary Powelltons Bridge Fork West Surface Mine (on Gauley Mountain).

"It really is this simple not a day has gone by since it applied to renew its permit when Powellton has been in compliance," Teaney told board members during the hearing in Charleston.

State inspectors had cited Powellton for landslides that sent rocks, dirt and debris outside of the mines legal permit area.

Teaney also argued that DEP was wrong to approve the permit when Powellton continues to have problems complying with its water pollution permit limits for iron and suspended solids.

A.M. "Fenway" Pollack, a lawyer for DEP, told board members if his agency did not renew permits for companies with outstanding water pollution violations, no mining permits would ever be renewed. "Taken to its logical conclusion, that would mean no one gets renewal," Pollack said. "Well just shut down mining."


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