Mountaintop Removal is breaking covenant with God and Creation

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More than 500 mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. Watch this video of mountaintop removal featuring Woody Harrelson and a soundtrack featuring an original recording of “Blowin’ in the Wind,” sung by Willie Nelson.
This video is part of the National Memorial for the Mountains, hosted by www.ilovemountains.org.

3 1/2 million pounds of explosives a day are being used in west virginia. THREE AND A HALF MILLION POUNDS. Literally blowing off the tops of mountains to get to the coal. The debris is then bulldozed into streams and headwaters.

Thanks to Big Oil and Dirty Coal’s millions spent on lobbying and misleading ads the Senate failed to even vote on comprehensive energy and climate legislation this year. But these big polluters aren’t stopping there. Now they, and their allies in Congress, have their sights on delaying implementation of the Clean Air Act — a landmark law that has saved lives, spurred innovation, and protected the air we breathe for 40 years.

On March 9, 2011, we announced another 60 day intent to sue Nally & Hamilton Coal Company for more than 12,000 violations of the Clean Water Act at more than a dozen of its operations in 7 eastern Kentucky counties.

The notice letters provide evidence indicating that Nally and Hamilton has filed false and potentially fraudulent, water pollution monitoring data with state agencies over the past three years.

Nally & Hamilton submitted reports in which all effluent data reported for a certain outfall in a certain month repeat exactly the data reported for the same outfall in other months. In other words, the company seems to have cut-and-pasted previous sets of data in later reports rather than monitoring the discharge and submitting accurate data for each month.
The company also repeatedly omitted legally-required data from its reports. If fined, the maximum allowed under the Clean Water Act could amount to potential penalties of more than $400 million.
Our legal team consists of the plaintiffs Appalachian Voices, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Kentucky Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper, represented by lawyers with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

It is time to stand up and make our voices heard across this country and, most importantly, in Washington, D.C. Please help us send a strong message to Congress and President Obama by signing this petition stating that we have had enough of big polluters putting their profits ahead of the public interest. Congress should not be cutting any special deals for these polluters.