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March - April 2009 Mountain State Sierran

Lots of articles on energy issues and please TAKE ACTION on our pending West Virginia Wilderness Bill

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Federal Appeals Court Decision Opens The Floodgates To Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

by Jim Sconyers, Chapter Chair
A Friday th 13th court decision is both bad luck and a bad precedent

Marcellus Shale Drilling Leaves Unanswered Questions

by Beth Little
Lots of unanswered questions and very little regulations on gas drilling make West Virginians ask some pertinent questions

The Chair's Corner: Manchin coal plans leave questions

by Jim Sconyers, Chapter Chair
Joe Manchin's plan is for West Virginia coal is for the coal industry not the coal field communities.

WV Sierra Club Appeals TrAILCO Decision by WV Public Service Commission

by Bill DePaulo
The West Virginia PSC justifies its decision on a new powerline without acknowledgement of the lack of need for more coal-fired electric power. GO FIGURE!

Tinkering and Tampering with the Ohio River

by Jim Sconyers
Mis-management at AEP's Mitchell power plant near Moundsville results in mis-management of WV streams that drain into the Ohio River.

Coal Ash Disposal Needs Regulation

by EarthJustice News Feed
Where is the worst place to store coal ash? How about the mines the coal came from?

Jefferson County Commission Holds Public Hearing on Potomac Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH) Project

by Patience Wait
Jefferson County politicians seem willing to listen but will Govenor Manchin and his Public Service Commission?

Wilderness BillAwaits Final Passage in the House of Representatives

by Mike Costello, WV Wilderness Coalition
Please help us pass a Wilderness Bill in the 111th Congress!

Legislative Update from WV Environmental Council

by Jim Kotcon, Energy Committee Chair
Editor’s note: As we went to press, the first week of the state legislature had just ended. But to stay current, be sure and go to the WV Environmental Council’s website at You can sign up for a weekly update.

Morgantown City Council Passes Marcellus Shale Resolution

by John Christensen, WVEC Lobbyist
To protect our water resources, the Morgantown City Council ask our West Virginia legislature to adopt stricter standards and emergency measures.


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