From the press release:
On March 17th, seven local, regional and national groupsÂ filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Office of Surface Mining for failing to intervene on West Virginiaâ€™s lax oversight of mountaintop-removal and other destructive surface coal mining â€” a state program that has, for decades, allowed the coal industry to ravage the environment, putting people at risk and destroying local communities.
The stateâ€™s chronically poor oversight has included a persistent failure to conduct inspections meant to protect people and the environment from coal companies that operate outside the law. Out-of-control mountaintop-removal coal mining is linked to epidemics of cancer, cardiovascular disease and birth defects in affected communities. West Virginia has also failed to undertake required assessments to ensure lakes, rivers and drinking-water wells arenâ€™t harmed by mountaintop-removal mining and other destructive surface coal-mining practices.
Learn more about this important caseÂ at Coal River Mountain Watchâ€™s website.