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

Illinois Coal Exports Set Record

Quinn Announces Illinois Coal Exports Set Record in 2012 Fuel Economic Growth Illinois’ abundant high-sulphur coal saw record demand oversees last year, according to according to a new report commissioned by the Illinois Office of Coal Development that was released Wednesday, May 2, 2013. The study, prepared by Energy Ventures Analysis Inc., found that 13 million tons of […] . . . → Read More: Illinois Coal Exports Set Record

Proposed Coal Mine Raises Questions About Drinking Water and Salt Fork River

Heartland Coalfield Alliance member organizations Prairie Rivers Network and Stand Up to Coal joined today with local farmers, residents and landowners along the Salt Fork River in Champaign and Vermilion counties to host a press conference calling for more transparency as Indiana based Sunrise Coal, LLC seeks to acquire water for coal processing at […] . . . → Read More: Proposed Coal Mine Raises Questions About Drinking Water and Salt Fork River

Rally at IDECO-Coal Curriculum Fails to Make the Grade

[ May 2, 2012; 12:00 am to 12:45 pm. May 3, 2012; 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. ] Rally at IDCEO: Tell them to Stop Selling Coal in the Classroom! CHICAGO: Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 11:45 am James R. Thompson Center 100 W. Randolph (NW Corner, Randolph and Clark). Contact: Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative, at lrichart@ecojusticecollaborative.org. SPRINGFIELD:  Thursday, May 3, 2012, 12:30 pm SE Corner of Monroe Avenue and 5th Street Contact: Brian Perbix, Prairie Rivers Network, at bperbix@prairierivers.org or Terri Treacy, […] . . . → Read More: Rally at IDECO: Coal Curriculum Fails to Make the Grade

Canton Lake Thanksgiving: Residents Rally to Protect Clean Drinking Water from Strip Mine

Copperas Creek and Canton Lake map, courtesy of Prairie Rivers Network

Canton Lake Thanksgiving: Residents Rally to Protect Clean Drinking Water from Strip Mine by Jeff Biggers Cross-Posting, Huff Post Chicago 11/22/11 11:41 AM ET This Thanksgiving, residents in Canton and Orion Township in Fulton County, Illinois will enjoy the basic human right of clean drinking water — though, not without a fight. Since 2007, a broad alliance of farmers, business people, health care […] . . . → Read More: Canton Lake Thanksgiving: Residents Rally to Protect Clean Drinking Water from Strip Mine

The largest Illinois hazardous waste site you have never heard about

The largest Illinois hazardous waste site you have never heard about (KMOV.com) — A local activist is calling an area “the largest hazardous waste site” you have never heard of before. The site the activist is referring to is a 400 acre plot near Albers, Illinois that used to be owned by Exxon-Mobil Coal.  Looking at […] . . . → Read More: The largest Illinois hazardous waste site you have never heard about

Heartland Coal Crisis: Illinois Bankrolls Big Coal School Program?

HUFFPOST GREEN Heartland Coal Crisis: Illinois Bankrolls Big Coal School Program? Interview With Eco-Justice Leader Lan Richart Jeff Biggers Posted: 06/22/11 05:42 PM ET At ground zero in the nation’s clean energy fight, The Heartland Coal Crisis will be a periodical series of blogs on coal and energy issues facing states in the Midwest, with a special focus […] . . . → Read More: Heartland Coal Crisis: Illinois Bankrolls Big Coal School Program?

ACTION ALERT: Selling Coal to Our Kids

Selling Coal to Our Kids The education of our children is a sacred trust that we give to our teachers. Yet, educators in Illinois are being asked to violate that trust for the economic gain and vested interests of the coal industry.  Starting today (June 14) and continuing through June 17, the State of Illinois Department […] . . . → Read More: ACTION ALERT: Selling Coal to Our Kids

Proposed Resolution to Protect Farms and Water, Vermilion County

Proposed Resolution to Protect Farmland and Water Presented to the Vermilion County Board March 8, 2011 by farmers and residents of Vermilion County WHEREAS protection of the long term productivity of prime farm land is wise public policy as the world moves away from coal as an energy source and toward an era in which food production and […] . . . → Read More: Proposed Resolution to Protect Farms and Water, Vermilion County

Coal Ash Battle Moves to US Senate-Urgent Action!

Coal Ash Battle Moves to US Senate Urgent Action Needed! Please call your US Senators today and urge them to prevent efforts in Congress to cut the US EPA’s authority to protect our health from toxic coal ash. Use this link http://www.contactingthecongress.org/ to find your Senators phone numbers and type in your zip code 1.  Tell your Senators you want […] . . . → Read More: Coal Ash Battle Moves to US Senate-Urgent Action!