Alpha Natural Resources is pressing the state Supreme Court to force West Virginia University to provide thousands of documents about the search of a former WVU professor who has published a long list of papers that link mountaintop removal coal mining to increased risk of birth defects, cancer, and a variety of other illnesses among coalfield residents.Highland sued WVU under the state’s Freedom of Information Act, trying to obtain documents related to the preparation of papers authored by then-WVU researcher Michael Hendryx. The company also wants copies of correspondence between Hendryx, various co-authors, and any outside organizations, such as environmental groups and scientists who peer-reviewed the Hendryx papers.Hendryx, who now works at Indiana University, has led a research effort that produced more than two dozen peer-reviewed scientific journal articles that reported residents who live near mountaintop removal mining are at greater risk of serious illnesses.
The fight is tough elsewhere, except in the Marcellus, where the natives are considered “passive” by drillers and the governments with “eyes wide shut” do all that they can to export whatever is saleable.
Just like all the great tricksters of the past and the present, he and his ilk will frame the debate as the safest of two options, while omitting the third (and ONLY SAFE) option: leave the tar sands in the ground.
The leaders of our armed forces know what's coming next – but deniers in Congress are ignoring the warnings.
In January, the planet continued the warming trend that made 2014 the hottest calendar year on record. NASA reports that last month was the second-hottest January on record (after 2007), while the Japan Meteorological Agency ranked it the hottest.