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  • Obama Interior Department surrenders to the coal interests

    After close of business on Friday, Oct. 30, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar surrendered to coal mine operators who are rapidly destroying the central Appalachian Mountains. Interior’s capitulation was filed by the Obama administration in federal court in papers that reveal the Department will further delay its promise to rescind the Bush administration’s gutting of crucial […]

  • Senate must block OSMRE nominee Pizarchik

    As Consol Energy crews clean up another mysterious coal slurry spill in West Virginia today, the nation’s largest producer of high-Btu bituminous coal — and an aggressive operator of devastating mountaintop removal and longwall mines — will be closely watching the nomination hearing of their southwestern Pa. hometown mining bureaucrat Joseph Pizarchik to head the […]

  • Breaking: OSMRE Suit Cites Chronic Pizarchik Failure

    Invoking an earlier promise to “use the best science and follow the letter of the law,” Lisa Jackson’s EPA, with a little help from her friends at the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Interior, announced Friday that 79 pending mountaintop removal mining permits in the Appalachian coalfields were in violation of the […]

  • OSMRE nominee Pizarchik must be stopped

    With so many qualified candidates for the directorship of the important Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, why is the Obama administration nominating a controversial advocate for coal ash dumping, who also admits he still needs to learn more about the even more controversial and huge issue of mountaintop removal? After eight years of […]