Illinois Strip Mine Showdown is Last Best Hope

When besieged residents, already choked by toxic coal dust, face off with Peabody Energy officials on Feb. 18, in Harrisburg, at an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) hearing for a five-year strip mine expansion permit, more than 1,019 paltry acres will be at stake.

As President Lincoln once invoked in a moment of crisis, the courageous residents in the showdown at Cottage Grove are “our last best hope.”

It’s time to act anew and launch a Coalfields Regeneration Fund for southern Illinois—instead of throwing its residents to the whims of a boom and bust cycle of out-of-state coal companies. Continue reading “Illinois Strip Mine Showdown is Last Best Hope”

Breaking: Third Coal-Related Spill in the Last Month Contaminates West Virginia Waterway

Breaking: Third Coal-Related Spill in the Last Month Contaminates West Virginia Waterway

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is investigating a coal slurry spill, reported to be of “significant” size, from a pipe that ruptured early this morning at the Kanawha Eagle Prep Plant in Kanawha County, WV. The slurry spilled into Fields Creek and has apparently begun to reach the Kanawha River, about 3.5 miles away. Continue reading “Breaking: Third Coal-Related Spill in the Last Month Contaminates West Virginia Waterway”

Bee Week of Action: 27,000+ Demand Stores Stop Selling Harmful Pesticides

Bee Week of Action: 27,000+ Demand Stores Stop Selling Harmful Pesticides

Beyond Pesticides | February 12, 2014 11:30 am |

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This week, more than 27,000 people coast-to-coast are swarming Lowe’s and Home Depot stores to support the bees that pollinate our flowers for Valentine’s Day. In a coalition campaign called the Bee Week of Action, Beyond Pesticides, Friends of the Earth and allies are delivering more than half a million petition signatures and Valentines asking these retailers to show bees some love by taking off their shelves pesticides shown to harm and kill bees and garden plants treated with these pesticides. Continue reading “Bee Week of Action: 27,000+ Demand Stores Stop Selling Harmful Pesticides”