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Environment - "'It’s devastating,' says a former Interior Department employee who worked on one of dozens of regulations in Congress' cross hairs"

This story today in Politico, reported by Alex Guillén And Marianne Levine, begins:Joe Pizarchik spent more than seven years working on a regulation to protect streams from mountaintop removal coal mining. It took Congress 25 hours to kill it. The...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on February 13, 2017 10:09 AM

Environment - "DC Circuit upholds Obama's crackdown on mountaintop mining"

Last Friday Jeremy P. Jacobs and Manuel Quiñones reported for E&E in a long story beginning:A federal appeals court today sided with U.S. EPA in a broad challenge from two states and the mining industry to controversial Obama administration policies...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on July 18, 2014 11:06 AM

Environment - Two federal "appeals court rulings go against coal industry"

James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier-Journal has posted this long story this evening. Be sure to go to the story, the photo is amazing. Some quotes:Back-to-back appellate court decisions this week have shored up water quality protections at coal-mining operations...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on April 23, 2013 06:07 PM

Environment - More on "EPA to Scrutinize Permits for Mountaintop-Removal Mining"

Updating this ILB entry from March 25th, Tim Huber reports today in USA Today in a story that begins:CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Obama administration on Friday stepped up efforts to curb environmental damage from surface coal mining, announcing plans to...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on September 12, 2009 11:29 AM

Environment - "EPA to Scrutinize Permits for Mountaintop-Removal Mining"

The ILB has had many entries on mountaintop mining, including "Coal Industry Wins a Round on Mountaintop Mining" from Feb. 19th. Today Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post has this story, that begins:The Environmental Protection Agency put hundreds of mountaintop...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on March 25, 2009 09:48 AM

Environment - "Stimulus Money Puts Clean Coal Projects on a Faster Track"

That is the headline to this story by Matthew L. Wald of the NY Times, dateline Edwardsport, Indiana. Some quotes from the lengthy story:Near the middle of a dusty construction site here stands a patch of land, about the size...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on March 17, 2009 08:58 AM

Environment - "Coal Industry Wins a Round on Mountaintop Mining"

Andrew C. Revkin of the NY Times reports:The latest in a series of federal court rulings on mountaintop coal mining in Appalachia came down firmly on the side of the coal industry on Friday. The ruling, by the United States...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on February 14, 2009 11:53 AM

Law - More on "Democrats Eye Bush Midnight Regulations"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 11th, Erika Lovley and Ryan Grim of Politico had a lengthy story Nov. 12th, headed "Dems eye midnight regulations reversal." It begins:Congressional Democrats are eyeing a little-known, Clinton-era law as a way to reverse...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on November 14, 2008 08:14 AM

Environment - "Federal Officials Seek to Relax Rules for Dumping Mine Waste"

Be sure to view the photo accompanying this AP story today on mountaintop mining in the New York Times. The story begins:The Interior Department has advanced a proposal that would ease restrictions on dumping mountaintop mining waste near rivers and...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on October 19, 2008 09:18 AM

Environment - Bush admnistration "Rule to Expand Mountaintop Coal Mining" [Updated]

The NY Times reported Aug. 22nd, in a story that begins:The Bush administration is set to issue a regulation on Friday that would enshrine the coal mining practice of mountaintop removal. The technique involves blasting off the tops of mountains...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on August 30, 2007 02:14 PM

Environment - Porter County birds; a different look at mountain-top mining; own your own natural gas well

Porter County Birds. This story by Diane Krieger Spivakwas was published by the Gary Post-Tribune Dec. 20th (see ILB entry here). Today the Indianapolis Star picked it up and published an edited version here. It is worth another look. Mountaintop...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on December 31, 2005 12:27 PM

Environment - The impact of mountaintop mining in Kentucky

The ILB has had numerous entries on the issue of moutaintop mining in the past. Today the Louisville Courier Journal has a story showing the impact of such mining, an AP story by Roger Alford, complete with photos. Some quotes:HAZARD,...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on December 19, 2005 07:10 AM

Law - 4th Circuit reinstates quick permits for mountaintop mining

"Court Backs Quick Permits for Mountain Coal Mines" is the headline to an AP story today in the NY Times. Some quotes:A federal appeals court on Wednesday reinstated a streamlined permit process for mountaintop-removal coal mines in West Virginia. The...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on November 24, 2005 10:57 AM

Environment - Mountaintop mining; Delaware County Ag Park; Recycling Building Waste

Mountaintop mining. The Louisville Courier Journal reports today:PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- Environmentalists asked a federal judge yesterday to stop the Army Corps of Engineers from issuing permits that allow coal mine companies to push mountaintops into valleys. The opponents of mountaintop...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on November 8, 2005 10:11 AM

Law - Coal-sludge spill lawsuit will go to trial Monday in E. Ky.

An AP story today in the Louisville Courier Journal reports:INEZ, Ky. -- A trial is scheduled to begin Monday in a lawsuit filed by people whose property was covered in coal sludge five years ago in one of the South's...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on September 16, 2005 08:07 AM

Environment - Stories today include mountaintop mining issues in Kentucky; CAFO denial; NE States to Freeze Powerplant Emissions

Mountaintop mining. The Louisville Courier Journal has a story today headlined: "Coal mining rule may be relaxed: Some fear proposal endangers streams." Some quotes:HAZARD, Ky. -- Environmentalists took aim yesterday at a planned federal study that some say will be...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on August 24, 2005 08:32 AM

Env't. - Stories today from Kentucky on Tyson Chicken and on mountaintop-mining

Another story on the Tyson chicken settlement, this one by John Lucas in the Evansville Courier& Press. A quote:Aloma Dew, the Sierra Club's Midwest representative in Kentucky, described the lawsuit and its resolution as a "David versus Goliath battle." "They...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on January 28, 2005 10:09 AM

Law - Final part of Post series on Bush administration regulatory policy

The final report in the Washington Post three-part series on the Bush administration's regulatory policy was published today. The headline: "Appalachia Is Paying Price for White House Rule Change." Some quotes:BECKLEY, W.Va. -- The coal industry chafes at the name...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on August 17, 2004 08:43 AM

Law - More on Bush administration regulatory policy

The Washington Post today begins a three-part series analyzing the Bush administration's regulatory policy. Today's story is headlined "Bush Forces a Shift In Regulatory Thrust: OSHA Made More Business-Friendly." As detailed within today's story, which focuses on OSHA:The changes within...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on August 15, 2004 01:53 PM

Environment - Focus on coal

The New York Times is running a major front-page story on coal today. It fills the entire jump page. The headline: "Friends in the White House Come to Coal's Aid." Some quotes:In 1997, as a top executive of a Utah...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on August 9, 2004 12:37 PM

Environment - W Va. federal judge rejects nationwide permit for mountaintop mining

"Federal Judge Rejects Process for Approval of Mining" is the headline of this story today in the NY Times. Some quotes:A federal district judge in West Virginia struck down on Thursday an Army Corps of Engineers procedure that gives a...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on July 10, 2004 11:41 AM