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Coalition Intends to Sue EPA for Failure to Enforce Clean Water Act at Power Plant

  from Milwaukee Riverkeeper Yesterday, the Cleaner Valley Coalition, of which Milwaukee Riverkeeper is a member, called on the EPA to take stronger steps to clean up pollution at the We Energies Menomonee Valley coal-fired power plant. Two members of the Coalition – the Sierra Club and its attorneys, Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA), filed a … Continue reading Coalition Intends to Sue EPA for Failure to Enforce Clean Water Act at Power Plant

Grassroots movement forces shuttering of two Chicago coal plants

By Jeff Biggers In a move that should electrify the clean energy movement across the country, the tireless champions with the Chicago Clean Power Coalition have announced that Midwest Generation, a subsidiary of multinational giant Edison International, will soon shut down the Windy City’s two Model-T-era coal-fired plants. The historic victory, after a decade-long battle, … Continue reading Grassroots movement forces shuttering of two Chicago coal plants

Indian government stripping forest protection in order to fast-track industrial projects

By Jeremy Hance, Mongabay In a bid to fast-track industrial projects, India’s Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is opening up 25 percent of forests that were previously listed as “no-go” areas, reports the Hindustan Times. The designation will allow between 30 and 50 new industrial projects to go ahead rapidly, including road construction and coal mining. … Continue reading Indian government stripping forest protection in order to fast-track industrial projects

As many as 220,000 people could be displaced by open pit coal mine in Bangladesh

By Gáldu The Phulbari open-pit coal mine in Bangladesh could displace hundreds of thousands of people and lead to the violation of fundamental human rights of entire villages of Santal, Munda, Mahili and Pahan indigenous peoples, a group of United Nations independent experts warned today. “The Government of Bangladesh must ensure that any policy concerning … Continue reading As many as 220,000 people could be displaced by open pit coal mine in Bangladesh

Activists against mountaintop removal and fracking joining forces in West Virginia

By Dave Cooper / Huffington Post While combating dirty fossil-fuel energy sources like coal and shale gas, activists can sometimes find themselves so intensely focused on one issue that they lose track of important developments in other related fossil fuel campaigns. Mountain Justice Spring Break (MJSB), March 21-28 in northern West Virginia, seeks to build … Continue reading Activists against mountaintop removal and fracking joining forces in West Virginia

New map depicts human costs of mountaintop removal mining

By Jeremy Hance, Mongabay Environmental degradation can have major impacts on a community’s quality of life and a new interactive map of mountaintop mining for coal in the U.S. makes this abundantly clear: based on 21 scientific studies, the map highlights how communities near mountaintop mining have lower life expectancy, higher birth defects, worsening poverty, … Continue reading New map depicts human costs of mountaintop removal mining

Greenpeace protesters symbolically occupy North Carolina coal plant

By Huffington Post Protesters from Greenpeace demonstrated against “the destruction and pollution caused by coal” at a North Carolina power plant on Monday, according to a press release. Activists entered the grounds of the Progress Asheville Power Station in the morning and secured themselves to a coal conveyor belt, according to Greenpeace. They also scaled … Continue reading Greenpeace protesters symbolically occupy North Carolina coal plant

1,200 protestors march against mountaintop removal mining in Kentucky

By iLoveMountains.org More than 1,200 people are gathering in Frankfort, Ky. on Feb. 14 to celebrate I Love Mountains Day and call for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining—a destructive practice that has shortened lifespans and caused illnesses in Central Appalachia for decades. The iLoveMountains.org team has just launched an innovative new web tool … Continue reading 1,200 protestors march against mountaintop removal mining in Kentucky

NOAA study: Natural gas could be as bad for climate as coal

By Jeff Tollefson / Nature When US government scientists began sampling the air from a tower north of Denver, Colorado, they expected urban smog — but not strong whiffs of what looked like natural gas. They eventually linked the mysterious pollution to a nearby natural-gas field, and their investigation has now produced the first hard … Continue reading NOAA study: Natural gas could be as bad for climate as coal

What Killed Dunkard Creek? Residents in Pennsylvania and West Virginia Say Fracking

By Adam Federman On August 27, 2009, Dan Cincotta, a fisheries biologist with West Virginia’s Department of Natural Resources, was conducting a routine inventory of Dunkard Creek, a small river that runs through West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania. He was accompanied by a consultant and an environmental engineer from the state’s largest coal and gas … Continue reading What Killed Dunkard Creek? Residents in Pennsylvania and West Virginia Say Fracking