To: Dustin Johnson, Permit Supervisor and Harold Ward, Mining Director

Don't renew an invalid mountaintop removal permit

Deny Republic Energy's application to renew surface mine permit S302805. This invalid permit should have terminated years ago by federal law, but WV Dept. of Environmental Protection has routinely purported to grant extensions, without any authority to do so and without any demonstration that the statutory conditions providing for an extension were met.

Why is this important?

Alpha Natural Resources' subsidiary Republic Energy has applied for renewal of the 2,040-acre (3+ square miles) "Eagle 2" mountaintop removal coal mine, part of over 10 square miles of destruction on Coal River Mountain. Mountaintop removal blasts fine and ultrafine silica dust and other pollutants into the air, creating a public health threat for nearby residents. At this location, it destroys habitat for the endangered Indiana bat and the threatened northern long-eared bat. WVDEP has failed to take effective action for this company's failure to meet legal requirements at this site and history of violations at neighboring sites.

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Reasons for signing

  • #thelastmountain influenced
  • To continue to allow the destruction of this once-beautiful country when we know it is the mining, transport, and burning of coal, oil, and gas that are the main cause of climate change, is egregiously irresponsible. This is corruption in government at its worst!
  • Coal is the filthiest fossil fuel, even worse than tar sands oil. Coal would be on its way out, if not for the Trump regime propping it up.