Coal Stories

RAN releases a new report about the implementation and impact of the banking sector’s “Carbon Principles.”
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has vetoed the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia.
Our new report explains why the EPA must veto Spruce mine in West Virginia.
The Spruce No. 1 mountaintop removal mine in West Virginia came one step closer to a veto today. The EPA released recommendations made by their Region 3 Administrator who oversees mid-Atlantic states including West Virginia. Region 3 Administrator Shawn Garvin recommended that the U.S. EPA veto the Spruce Mine Clean Water Act permit because of the negative impacts it would have on water quality.
Two years ago no bank had a policy on coal mining, and Wall Street was providing finance and credit indiscriminately to the most destructive form of mining in the country. Bank of America, Citi, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo have successively passed public policies limiting their financial relationships with coal operators that practice mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining.
Blasting John Denver’s ‘Take me Home, Country Roads’ in the EPA HQ, activists said: “We’re sitting down so the EPA will stand up for Appalachia’s drinking water.” Appalachia residents and environmentalists disappointed at EPA’s decision to approve large coal permit under new mountaintop mining guidelines
Lisa Jackson’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as given the Army Corps of Engineers a green light for the Pine Creek mine permit, a mountaintop removal (MTR) mining site in Logan County, W.Va.
The EPA's "new approach" to mountaintop removal means more mountains and streams destroyed for cheap coal
Already, over 500 historic mountains have disappeared, 2,000 miles of Appalachian rivers and drinking water have been poisoned and the health of countless families have been sacrificed.