EPA Investigating Legality of Coal River Mountain Destruction
West Virginia residents have spent years battling the loss of Coal River Mountain
to mountaintop removal mining. At the end of October, Massey Energy began dynamiting
at the site. Opponents of the mountain’s destruction say the Environmental Protection Agency has the full authority
and legal and moral obligation under the Clean Water Act to preserve the ecosystem
and clean waters of the mountain, the last untouched peak in Coal River Valley. When asked for comment by Hill Heat, EPA
spokesman Brendan Gilfillan responded:
EPA is closely examining the company’s compliance with all legal requirements.
As the EPA conducts its legal investigation, the blasting continues.