Foresight Energy Bets That There's Gold in Coal

Cross Posting, Wall Street Journal Foresight Energy Bets That There’s Gold in Coal Illinois Miner Raises $350 Million in IPO Despite Industry’s Threats From Regulators, Natural Gas June 17, 2013 By John W. Miller http://online.wsj.com/articles/foresight-energy-bets-that-theres-gold-in-coal-1403042566 Coal has gotten a black eye in the U.S., but Foresight Energy LP thinks coal is golden. The miner raised $350 million in an initial public offering […] . . . → Read More: Foresight Energy Bets That There’s Gold in Coal

A Climate of Extraction

Our Forests Are Threatened by Resource Extraction … But Why Care? Global Climate Change is one of the most serious environmental, social, and economic threats the world is facing today. Did you know that global climate is influenced by changes in land cover? Logging and burning for large scale-agriculture, strip mining, road construction and residential and commercial […] . . . → Read More: A Climate of Extraction

Citizens Call On Quinn Administration to Reform IDNR Mining Regulation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 2, 2014 CONTACTS Traci Barkley (Prairie Rivers Network): 217-621-3013 Sue Smith (Stand Up to Coal): 217-621-7528 Terri Treacy (Sierra Club): 618-521-1030 Citizens Call On Quinn Administration to Reform IDNR Mining Regulation “Time To Protect the Prairie State From Big Coal” SPRINGFIELD, IL— Illinois coalfield community residents joined environmental advocates today in calling on Governor Quinn and the Illinois Department […] . . . → Read More: Citizens Call On Quinn Administration to Reform IDNR Mining Regulation

Illinois Coal Campaign Cash Scandal Reveals Culture of Corruption

Illinois Coal Campaign Cash Scandal Reveals Culture of Corruption Illinois Coal Campaign Cash Scandal Reveals Culture of Corruption by Willinois The Chris Cline coal campaign contribution scandal has grown bigger than I ever expected. CoalGate is getting wide press coverage and resulted in a second acting director of Mines & Minerals being removed for the same actions as Tony […] . . . → Read More: Illinois Coal Campaign Cash Scandal Reveals Culture of Corruption

New Coal Math - 624 Water Permit Violations Turned into Just ONE

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Read the latest in Illinois coal politics  … The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said that 624 water permit violations “racked up” by one of the worst mine operator polluters in the state would be considered as ONE SINGLE VIOLATION when this agency decides whether or not to renew the mining permit.   Outrage over New […] . . . → Read More: New Coal Math – 624 Water Permit Violations Turned into Just ONE

Ask Your State Rep to Support HB5660 and End the Mandated Kids Coal Curriculum

From the Coal Mines to the Power Lines School Curriculum

End IDCEO’s Kids Coal Curriculum Ask Your State Rep. to Support HB5660 This bill removes the legal mandate requiring the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IDCEO) to provide coal education for Illinois children.  Contact your state representative today and ask him or her to support HB 5660. Did You Know … Illinois state law currently requires […] . . . → Read More: Ask Your State Rep to Support HB5660 and End the Mandated Kids Coal Curriculum

Citizens Protest IDNR Flawed Mine Permit Renewal

Press Release for Immediate Release: Contact: Joyce Blumenshine 309-678-1011 Mining Issues Committee Chair Illinois Chapter Sierra Club Mary Ellen DeClue 217-556-5946 Citizens Against Longwall Mining What:   Public Protest Demonstration of IDNR Coal Mine Permit Renewal When:  Wednesday, February 19, 2014, beginning at 5:15 p.m. Where: Public sidewalk across from the Historic Courthouse, Hillsboro, south sidewalk, at #1 Public Square, Hillsboro, at the Abraham Lincoln […] . . . → Read More: Citizens Protest IDNR Flawed Mine Permit Renewal

Testify at Upcoming Hearings on Proposed Rules for Coal Ash Pits at Power Plants!

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Coal Ash – In Your Back Yard? Coal combustion waste, which contains toxins such as mercury, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, nickel, and selenium. constitutes the nation’s second largest waste stream after municipal solid waste.  Illinois has over 100 coal ash ponds and mine-fills that leach toxic chemicals to groundwater, lakes and rivers, where pollution can spread, polluting drinking water supplies and […] . . . → Read More: Act to Protect Communities from Coal Ash Pits at Power Plants!

Illinois Strip Mine Showdown Is Last Best Hope for Coalfield Justice

Illinois Strip Mine Showdown Is Last Best Hope for Coalfield Justice by Jeff Biggers Posted 2-13-14 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-biggers/-illinois-strip-mine-show_b_4780467.html When besieged residents, already choked by toxic coal dust, face off with Peabody Energy officials on Tuesday, February 18, in Harrisburg, at an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency hearing for a five-year strip mine expansion permit, more than 1,019 paltry acres will be at stake. As President […] . . . → Read More: Illinois Strip Mine Showdown Is Last Best Hope for Coalfield Justice

Head of Illinois Mine Safety Took Thousands in Campaign Contributions from Coal Baron Chris Cline

Head of Illinois Mine Safety Took Thousands in Campaign Contributions from Coal Baron Chris Cline By Will Reynolds Illinois Environmental Politics Blogger Posted: 02/06/2014 2:37 pm EST Updated: 02/10/2014 9:59 am EST http://www.huffingtonpost.com/will-reynolds/head-of-illinois-mine-saf_b_4740056.html?utm_hp_ref=email_share Tony Mayville is a candidate for State Representative in southern Illinois and Chairman of the Washington County Democratic Party. He has also supervised the Mine Safety division and served as […] . . . → Read More: Head of Illinois Mine Safety Took Thousands in Campaign Contributions from Coal Baron Chris Cline