Video Report: Drinking Water Contaminated for 300,000 Residents in West Virginia After Chemical Spill

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West Virginia Water Woes: 36 Hour Recap by David Boucher & Elaine Mcmillion for Charleston Daily Mail West Virginia stands in a state of emergency after a potentially harmful chemical spilled into a local river and contaminated the […]

Longwall Mining for Clean Coal ‘Permanently’ Damaged 6 Streams in Pennsylvania

[longwall mining machine] 19 maj 2011, Deutsches Bergbaumuseum, Bochum. 
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New scrutiny of ‘longwall’ mining finds damage in Pennsylvania streams by Kristen Lombardi for Public Integrity The brutally efficient coal-extraction method known as “longwall mining” has permanently damaged a half dozen streams in Pennsylvania, state regulators have found […]

What’s Underground: Conservation Groups Move to Close or Cleanup Ash Pits Linked to Groundwater Contamination

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  Conservationist files suit to shut-down or cleanup ash pits By Anne Blythe for The News & Observer, republished by McClatchy RALEIGH, N.C — Conservation groups filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, Duke Energy […]

Still Mining: GAO report backs black lung rule amidst opposition

Black lung x-rays from patients of Dr. A.H. Russakoff pulmonary disease specialist and pioneer air pollution fighter in the area (Birmingham, AL). photo: LeRoy Woodson

GAO report supports science behind black lung rule By Chris Hamby for The Center for Public Integrity Research supports an Obama administration plan to reduce coal miners’ exposure to the dust that causes black lung, a much-anticipated Government Accountability Office report released […]

Stolen: Gustavo Jononovich Documents the Exploitation of Latin America’s Natural Resources

Ecuador: Natural gas is burned off next to an oil well. photo: Gustavo Jononovich. To see more visit  Nieman Reports and Gustavo Jononovich

This Land Is Their Land Bearing witness to the fallout from the exploitation of Latin America’s natural resources By Gustavo Jononovich for Nieman Reports Latin America’s abundant natural resources are a blessing and a curse. Too often, foreign […]

Coal Study Suggests Mountaintop-Removal is Toxic for People

Fifth image in a series showing a mountaintop removal mining explosive blast in Eunice, WV. photo: Roston (Wikimedia Commons)

Study finds toxins from mountaintop coal mining sites by Alice Su for iWatch News The U.S. Geological Survey has found high levels of toxic compounds in soil and water around mountaintop-removal mining sites in central Appalachia, a potentially […]