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Support Clean Water with a Year-End Contribution

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Allegheny Energy Center, Coal, Curry, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Indian Creek Valley Trail, Mariner East, Posts, Shale Gas, Swimmable Waters, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Support Clean Water with a Year-End Contribution

As 2016 comes to a close we are reflecting on an incredibly successful year for our organization and our river community. This success would not have been possible without your generous support. We are grateful for your energy, your creativity and your wisdom. We encourage you to take a look at our 2016 Annual Report to see what we’ve accomplished. You have made the following possible: We secured Exceptional Value status, reserved for Pennsylvania’s cleanest streams, for Stony Run in the Indian Creek watershed as a result of a petition we submitted to the Department of Environmental...

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We won! Special Exception for Proposed Curry Mine Declared Void!

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Coal, Curry, Posts, Water, Yough River | 2 comments

We won! Special Exception for Proposed Curry Mine Declared Void!

Today, the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas granted our land use appeal and declared the special exception for the proposed Curry Mine to be void! At this point, Amerikohl has neither a DEP permit nor a zoning special exception to mine the proposed Curry site—meaning it would have to reapply to both the Department of Environmental Protection and the Fayette County Zoning Hearing Board in order to pursue a mining project on the property.  “We are absolutely thrilled that after a nearly ten year battle we have succeeded in protecting this area of the Yough River gorge from strip mining,”...

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2015 Annual Report

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Bomb Trains, Coal, Curry, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Indian Creek Valley Trail, Posts, Shale Gas, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

2015 Annual Report

Our mission is to protect, preserve and restore the Indian Creek and greater Youghiogheny River watersheds. We’ve made a lot of progress toward that goal in 2015. Please take a moment to read our Annual Report so that we may share some of our achievements. Your support, both financially and through your volunteer efforts, makes this work possible and we thank you!      

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Curry Mine Update:  MWA Files Amicus Brief

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Coal, Curry, Posts, Water, Yough River | 1 comment

Curry Mine Update:  MWA Files Amicus Brief

On July 17, 2015, MWA filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief with the Interior Board of Land Appeals (“IBLA”).  This marks the next step in our continued fight against Amerikohl’s mining operations at the Curry site.  We have continued our opposition because of the significant threat this site poses for the Youghiogheny River watershed and gorge.  We hope this brief will result in a precedent-setting decision.  To put this most recent filing in context, it is important to first consider the history of MWA’s struggle with this site and the legal landscape we are working in....

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OSM Actions on Curry Mine Affirmed

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Coal, Curry, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

OSM Actions on Curry Mine Affirmed

On September 8, Administrative Law Judge Harvey Sweitzer with the U.S. Department of the Interior issued a decision on Amerikohl’s request for review of the Office of Surface Mining’s cessation order requiring that the Curry mine site be stabilized after extensive logging. Our involvement in this issue goes back several years (see history below), and our interest stems from protecting the high-quality Youghiogheny River into which this site ultimately drains. The decision demonstrates clearly that Amerikohl and the property owner coordinated on the logging conducted on the...

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DEP Finally Issues Orders on Curry Pollution

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Coal, Curry, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

DEP Finally Issues Orders on Curry Pollution

For over a year we’ve been filing complaints about extensive erosion and sedimentation issues emanating from the Curry Mine site in Dunbar Township, Fayette County (see here and here for older coverage).  We’re happy to report that as a result of our involvement, repeated complaints, and pressure, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Waterways and Wetlands Division has finally issued orders to Appalachian Timber Company, the logging company (see here), and Curry Lumber Company, the landowner (see here), requiring that the site be stabilized.  At the time of writing, some site...

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