Kentucky “Thunder Ridge” Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine Suspended
January 2, 2008
The Sierra Club’s first Kentucky MTR challenge produced immediate results. Shortly after we filed suit, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended the permit for ICG Hazard’s Thunder Ridge mine in order to reconsider its approval in light of the claims we raised. Sierra Club and co-plaintiff Kentucky Waterways Alliance identified several legal deficiencies with the permit, including the Corps’ failure to explain its conclusion that burying several miles of streams would not degrade the waterways because the company would create replacement streams (even though attempts to recreate headwater streams have never been successful). The Corps also failed to demonstrate that the mining would not have any adverse effect on the environment. This victory will help protect drinking water quality for Kentuckians around the state and it represents the first time that the Army Corps has suspended one of its coal mining permits in Kentucky.
December 2, 2007
Mountaintop removal mining (MTR) blows up ancient, forested mountains to get at the underlying coal, and then dumps the excess mining waste into adjacent valleys - turning wild mountains into polluted wastelands and obliterating watersheds. Sierra Club's legal team is working alongside community organizers in the Appalachian region to end this destructive and wasteful mining practice.
(Thunder Ridge Mine; photo courtsey of Teri Blanton)
Details and Documents:
Mine expansion in the middle of fight
February 11, 2008, by James Bruggers, The Courier Journal
Feds pull permit for mountaintop removal
January 3, 2008, by Samira Jafari (AP), The Daily Independent
Groups challenge permit for mountaintop removal
December 7, 2007, by Samira Jafari (AP), The Messenger Inquirer
Under Pressure, Army Corps of Engineers Suspends Kentucky Coal Mining Permit- Sierra Club, Kentucky Waterways Alliance Celebrate Victory for Clean Water
January 2, 2008
Water Pollution Concerns Lead to Challenge of Mine Expansion, ICG Hazard Company mine would ruin pristine area and threaten community
December 6, 2007
See other "Stopping Mountaintop Removal and Other Destructive Mining" cases.