HCA Feb 2011


America’s heartland is ground zero for the nation’s clean energy fight.  The newly-formed Heartland Coalfield Alliance is working to bring about a just transition from the heartland’s current coal economy to a  clean energy and sustainable economy.   The Alliance generally has defined the “heartland” as the Illinois coal basin and surrounding areas.

Corporations such as Peabody Energy, The American Coal Company and The Cline Group are poised to profit from mining these vast reserves of coal. But it is America’s heartland that will live with the impacts of coal mining, burning, processing and waste disposal. These impacts include: destruction of prime farmland and forests from longwall mining and strip mining operations; polluted water from the disposal of coal ash and coal slurry into unlined ponds or abandoned mines; emissions from coal-burning plants that compromise health; and the displacement of residents as a result of these coal-related activities.

Our website is intended to help residents affected by coal (mining, processing, burning and waste) organize to protect their health, safety and welfare and the land, air and water resources upon which they depend. The Alliance promotes alternatives that will generate good-paying jobs and create a diverse, sustainable economy that preserves, restores and protects America’s heartland for future generations.

Interested? Click for information on membership, including an application form.

Member Organizations

Canton Area Citizens for Environmental Issues (CACEI)
Brenda Dilts, President

Citizens Against Longwall Mining
Cathy Edmiston, President

Citizens Against Ruining the Environment
Ellen Rendulich

Citizens Coal Council
Aimee Erickson

Eco-Justice Collaborative
Pam Richart, Co-Director

Faith in Place
Brian Sauder, Policy Director

Illinois Environmental Council
Jennifer Walling, Executive Director

Megan Johns
Megan Johns

Nuclear Energy Information Service
Dave Kraft

The Planet that We Live On
Fatima Freeman

Prairie Rivers Network
Traci Barkley, Water Resources Scientist

Protestants for the Common Good
Lindsey Hammond

Sierra Club, Beyond Coal
Thomas Pearce, Regional Organizer

Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
Terri Treacy, Conservation Field Representative

Stand Up To Coal
Scott Dossett

UIUC Beyond Coal
Tyle Rotshe

Valley Watch
John Blair, President

Individual Members

Joyce Blumenshine Peoria, IL
Mary Ellen DeClue, Litchfield, IL
Wallace McMullen, Prospect, KY
Carol Rudy Oglesby, Evansville IL
Patty Rykhus, Taylorville, IL
Kim Sedgwick, Western IL University
Suzanne Smith, Homer, IL
Richard Stout, Galesburg, IL
Leah Thill, Paoli, IN
Audrey Thill, Paoli, IN
Dale Wojtkowski, Venedy, IL

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