Rescind mining permits on Coal River Mountain ~ October 19, 2009
Dear Governor Manchin,
As residents of West Virginia’s Coal River Valley we write you to declare a state of emergency. Coal River Mountain is our last mountain untouched by mountaintop removal and it is in imminent danger of blasting. This would not only threaten our communities, it would also destroy our chance to have permanent jobs and renewable energy through ridge-top wind power. You have the power to rescind these permits.
At any moment, Massey Energy could blast part of the Bee Tree site, on the containing ridge of the Brushy Fork sludge impoundment. Brushy Fork impoundment, permitted to hold 9.8 billion gallons of toxic sludge, is the tallest dam in the hemisphere, and it sits on top of a network of abandoned underground mines.
We live in fear that the blasting could cause the dam to fail and create one of the greatest industrial disasters in our nation’s history. The emergency evacuation plan for the Brushy Fork sludge dam states that should it fail, a wall of water 50 feet high would hit Whitesville and result in the deaths of at least 998 people. Given this risk, blasting should not be allowed until your Department of Environmental Protection has conducted a thorough geo-technical examination of the impoundment’s stability in regards to the underground mines.
"Yes, I'm not certain how close the -- I haven't actually been there to determine the how close the blasting is but blasting in the vicinity of a coal waste impoundment can cause problems, can cause fracturing of rock and create situations where there might be stability problems with the impoundment," former MSHA engineer Jack Spadaro said.
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"We're excited to showcase West Virginia as a premier tourist destination, and proud to have Toyota as a business partner and a sponsor of this contest," said West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin. "This is a great example of the strong business relationships we have fostered in West Virginia."
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- Two oil and gas majors are leaving the high-profile Climate Action Partnership saying the pending climate legislation unfairly favors coal over natural gas.- Chief climate negotiator Todd Stern says the companies leave CAP is not proof business is backing away from supporting climate change legislation.- WVA Gov. Joe Manchin is asking EPA to not classify coal ash waste as hazardous.- Environment officials claim 70% of coal ash spilled into Emory River from TVA spill is cleaned up.- Japanese trading house Mitsui is investing $1.4 billion with Anadarko Petroleum for a 32.5% interest in its Marcellus shale holdings in Pennsylvania.- Top Saudi energy official, Mohammed al-Sabban says world oil demand could peak in the next decade.- Dominion Virginia Power says more testing is needed before it fully implements a planned $600 million smart meter program.- Canada vows to offset the thousands of tons of carbon emissions produced by the winter olympics.
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