Citizens Speak Out in Favor of More Stream Protection at Coal Mines

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has proposed a new rule for regulation of coal mining intended to better protect streams, fish, and wildlife from the adverse impacts of surface coal mining operations and impacts to streams from underground mining.  The proposed rule would update the nearly 30-year-old rule coal mines now… Continue reading Citizens Speak Out in Favor of More Stream Protection at Coal Mines

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Time To Protect the Prairie State From Coal Mining

Across the Illinois countryside, rural citizens are fighting for their livelihoods, drinking water, farms, and future, and they are asking if the State of illinois has their backs – or not.   Last week, these residents came together to call on Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and his administration to end the long era of state government… Continue reading Time To Protect the Prairie State From Coal Mining

The Legend of Spanish Needle Creek and the Fight for Clean Water

Contributed by Traci Barkley, Prairie Rivers Network The dense grey fog permeated the frigid October morning around Spanish Needle Creek. No longer do deer, wild turkeys, or foxes drink from the clear, babbling brook. And the days of children splashing in the water and gleefully fishing are long gone. In past years, the Extractors systemically… Continue reading The Legend of Spanish Needle Creek and the Fight for Clean Water

Beware: A Scary Tale Forewarned

It’s Halloween and North Canton Mine is up and running at last. Everything the old hags, old folks and CACEI predicted has come to pass. The animals are gone and the trees too. The goblins can’t hide and scare you with a “boo.” The eagles fly high with no place to perch. Their nests are… Continue reading Beware: A Scary Tale Forewarned