by Petra and John Wood
In the July/August Sierran, you read about the massive inputs of coal combustion waste (aka, fly ash) on minelands around Morgantown. On about 3,500 acres in three watersheds, up to 10,000 tons/acre amounting to a 10-foot thick layer of coal ash over the entire surface have been added during reclamation as a supposed beneficial use to reduce acid mine drainage (AMD). There is abundant evidence, however, that it does not necessarily reduce AMD. At the same time, it does reduce air quality and especially water quality because toxic metals and total dissolved solids (TDS) leach from fly ash dumped in minefills. Several new mine permits proposing to dump ash are in the works, including the New Hill West and Coresco permits.
by Chuck Wyrostok, Outreach Coordinator
Slowly but surely some good work by the legislative committee moves regulation of Marcellus drilling forward -- We Hope!
by David Beard, The Dominion Post
This article first appeared in The Dominion Post on Sunday, Oct 9, 2011, and is reprinted here with permission.
by Jim Sconyers
Tar sands even the name is nasty, as is its namesake.
by Sarah Hodgdon, Conservation Director, and Dave Scott, Vice President for Conservation
by Michelle Liefke, MTV Solar
Here's another way to stick it to King Coal: use wind and solar energy!
The highlights from our 3rd annual SierraFest!
by Jonathan Rosenbaum, Awards Committee Chair
Some well deserved awards to some hard-working activists!
by Gary Nelson, WV Chapter Delegate
The Council of Club Leaders meets annually, including a joint meeting with the Club's Board of Directors, to discuss issues important to the overall health of the Club and its Chapters.
by Dan Soeder, Outings Chair
We all have favorite hikes or trips. Here's one of Dan's!
by Hannah Spencer
The WVU SSC Chapter is working on 2 big issues in West Virginia. Care to guess which ones?
by Sally Wilts, Mon Group Chair
GASP! Its that air we breathe that may be bad!