Coal Mining: A Threat to Alabama Waters

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Court Rules that Drummond is Violating the Clean Water Act on Black Warrior River’s Locust Fork

BIRMINGHAM, AL An Alabama federal judge has ruled that Drummond Company is violating the Clean Water Act by continuously discharging acid mine drainage into the Black Warrior River’s Locust Fork from the Maxine Mine site.   In an order issued May...

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Statement in Response to Adverse Decision in Black Creek Mine Challenge

Birmingham, AL—Late last week, an Alabama federal court issued a decision affirming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's approval of a permit authorizing coal mining material to be dumped into streams that feed into the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior...

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SELC, partners challenge coal mine’s permit to fill streams feed Alabama river

Conservation groups are challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of another permit authorizing coal mining material to be dumped into streams that feed into the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River in Alabama’s Jefferson County. The...

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Conservation Groups Challenge Coal Mine’s Stream Fill Permit on the Locust Fork

Birmingham, AL – Conservation groups are challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of another permit authorizing coal mining material to be dumped into streams that feed into the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River in Jefferson...

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President dismantles stream protections, threatening drinking water for Southeasterners, nation

Today President Donald Trump signed into law a repeal of the Stream Protection Rule, dismantling key protections that help keep our drinking water safe from coal pollution. The President’s signature on this bill marks the first anti-environmental...

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New protections announced for coal country streams

Today, the federal government authorized new rules holding polluters accountable for mining pollution in the nation’s waterways. In releasing the final Stream Protection Rule, the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement provided the...

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Groups Sue Drummond over Abandoned Mine’s Pollution of the Locust Fork

Birmingham, AL— Conservation groups have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama against Drummond Company for violations at its Maxine Mine site, an abandoned underground coal mine located on the banks of the...

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SELC, partners file suit over acid mine pollution from abandoned Maxine site

SELC and our partners have filed a lawsuit against Drummond Company to stop acidic runoff and mine drainage at an abandoned mine site from streaming into tributaries of the Black Warrior River. When mining ceased at the Maxine Mine site, located...

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SELC, partners urge cleanup of abandoned mine site polluting Black Warrior River

SELC and partners Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Public Justice filed a notice of intent to sue today against Drummond Company for violations at its Maxine Mine site, an abandoned underground coal mine on the banks of the Locust Fork of the Black...

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Abandoned Mine Site Continues to Pollute Locust Fork of Black Warrior River

Birmingham, AL— Conservation groups filed a notice of intent to sue today against Drummond Company for violations at its Maxine Mine site, an abandoned underground coal mine located on the banks of the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River near...

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Corps suspends permit in response to Black Creek Mine challenge

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suspended a permit for stream filling in response to a challenge SELC and our partners filed last month. In light of the claims around the permit’s adverse impacts on water quality and rare aquatic wildlife...

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SELC appeals decision to allow unlimited stream filling

SELC and our partners have filed an appeal in response to a court’s decision that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can continue to allow unfettered stream filling under a flawed permit, despite the Corps’ finding that the harmful impacts to...

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Groups Challenge Corps’ Lenient Approach to Stream Filling in Black Warrior River Basin

Birmingham, AL–Conservation groups are challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of a permit authorizing coal mining material to be dumped into streams that feed into the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River. The groups charge that...

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Court orders Corps to fix errors, but won’t toss coal permits

For over two years, SELC and our partners have been working to get rid of a harmful, controversial permit that allows for unlimited filling of streams and wetlands with mining material in the Black Warrior River basin, a major source of drinking...

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Court Requires Corps to Fix Mining Permit in Black Warrior Basin

Birmingham, AL – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) must rectify an error the agency made in assessing the impacts on water resources from coal mining activities under a...

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Groups Challenge Flawed Coal Mine Permitting along Black Warrior River

The continued use of a controversial permit in the Black Warrior River watershed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fails to comply with federal requirements for surface mining, according to a lawsuit filed today by the Southern Environmental Law...

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Groups Challenge Flawed Coal Mine Permitting along Black Warrior River

The continued use of a controversial permit in the Black Warrior River watershed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fails to comply with federal requirements for surface mining, according to a lawsuit filed today by the Southern Environmental Law...

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Shepherd Bend Mine and Birmingham’s Water Supply

SELC continues a years-long effort to reverse the state’s decision to allow the 1,700-acre Shepherd Bend mine to release wastewater just upstream from an intake for the Birmingham Water Works—the source of drinking water for some 200,000 people. On...

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Defending Alabama’s Rivers from Coal Mine Pollution

SELC and its partners continue to wage a legal campaign to reform Alabama’s woefully lax approach to regulating pollution from new coal mines in the Black Warrior River basin. For several years we have been engaged in a court battle to overturn the...

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Conservation Groups Denounce Approval of Coal Mine Permit

The Alabama Environmental Management Commission (EMC) today unanimously voted to approve a permit issued for the Shepherd Bend coal mine, a 1,773-acre strip mine to be located less than 1,000 feet from Birmingham's primary drinking water intake. The...

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Black Warrior River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Pollution caused by coal mining near the Black Warrior River has landed the river on the annual list of America's Most Endangered Rivers TM- a report issued by the conservation group American Rivers.  The Black Warrior River and its tributaries are...

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Environmental Groups Take Rosa Coal Mine Fight to Court of Appeals

Two Alabama river groups are appealing an administrative law judge's approval of a permit for a massive strip, auger and underground coal mine in Blount County.  The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Black Warrior Riverkeeper and...

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Clean Water Groups Challenge Massive Coal Mine in Alabama’s Black Warrior Watershed

In another challenge of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management's failure to protect the purity of Alabama's waterways, the Southern Environmental Law Center today petitioned for a hearing on the permit issued last month for a 3,255-acre...

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ADEM sued for permitting coal mine that poses risk to Birmingham drinking water

Conservationists filed a lawsuit today challenging the Alabama Department of Environmental Management's issuance of a permit for a proposed strip coal mine, which would discharge pollutants into the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River, less...

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