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Demand the EPA Stop Issuing Mountaintop Removal Permits!

















From Rainforest Action Network :

"This week, when I returned to D.C. from a wonderful holiday with my family, I came home to the news that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made a move in support of mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia - on January 5th, the EPA granted approval for a large mine permit for Patriot Coal.

Today we need you to take swift action to ensure that the EPA's support of Patriot Coal is not a sign of things to come. Call the EPA today and ask them to protect the people of West Virginia and clean water by banning mountaintop removal coal mining!

The approval of Patriot Coal's mining permit by the EPA will allow for more than three miles of intact streams to be destroyed as well as millions of cubic yards of hazardous fill.

The EPA announcement is an indication of the Obama administration's up-and-down stance on mountaintop removal coal mining, and reflects the growing pressure from the coal industry. It's time for us to exert pressure to ensure the EPA does not cave to coal interests on mountaintop removal.

As Judy Bonds, resident of West Virginia and director of Coal River Mountain Watch, said: "We, the affected citizens that are living with the impacts of this destructive mining practice, pray that the EPA's decision is not a preview of other destructive mining permits being approved."

We need your help to generate enough calls to the EPA to ensure that Judy Bonds and her neighbors in West Virginia are protected by the EPA, and not endangered by the coal industry.

Please call the EPA today!

Thanks for all you do!

For the mountains,

Kate Rooth
Global Finance Campaign
Rainforest Action Network"




Meredith Danluck is a New York artist, director, and all-around amazing person who has a killer collection of power tools. VBS bumped into her a few months ago and discovered that she has been working on a film in West Virginia, a sort of impressionistic account of the current environmental catastrophe in the Appalachian Mountains. Mining companies are destroying entire mountains in order to get at the coal inside them. Quickly and efficiently, the oldest mountain range in the world is being systematically obliterated. We sent Meredith and VBS correspondent Derrick Beckles to the hills and hollers of West Virginia to show us what the end of the world looks like."

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