GHN — Earlier this year, a federal judge’s ruling in favor of a major coal-mining project in West Virginia struck a blow to the advocates of environmental friendly life in the country. US District Court judge, Amy Berman Jackson, in Washington, reportedly rebuked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for revoking the license of Arch Coal of St. Louis for Spruce No. 1 mine in Logan County, West Virginia. The judge’s ruling allowed Arch Coal to proceed with its big mining project in the target location despite the concerns of EPA and other governmental and environmental bodies.
Keeping in view the disastrous impact of the mountain top removal mining project, as Spruce No. 1, on both environment and public health, advocates of clean and safe environment plan to keep up the fight for stopping the mining project in question. In an email notification to supporters, On Tuesday, October 2, 2012, the Greater Good Network informed that the Obama Administration is teaming with EPA for appealing the federal judge’s ruling so as to save the water quality of the area and the lives of residents who live there.
Calling on supporters not to give up on the case, the email notification directs them to the petition hosted on The Rainforest Site asking the EPA to continue to “do everything within its power to prevent the Spruce No. 1,” while also urging the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine due to the “scientifically-demonstrated unacceptable adverse effect it will have on vital headwater streams and downstream waterways.” Sponsored by Earthjustice, the petition letter also urges the White House to stand by EPA in its “enforcement of the Clean Water Act in Appalachia.”
More than 8500 people have signed the petition so far moving up toward the goal of 15000 signatures in total.