“Mining permits are being issued despite the preponderance of scientific evidence that impacts are pervasive and irreversible and that mitigation cannot compensate for losses.”
“Adult hospitalizations for chronic pulmonary disorders and hypertension are elevated as a function of county-level coal production, as are rates of mortality; lung cancer; and chronic heart, lung, and kidney disease.”
Above are quotes from a recent study done by Science, which is considered one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals.
It’s hard to believe that when faced with these sort of statements that anyone in their right mind would continue to destroy and decimate the land. It’s like they don’t care about the future at all. All they care about is the here and now with no regard of the consequences.
It makes me feel good when a community comes together to protect their land and surrounding area. A group of Carrol county citizens came out in force to oppose a proposed coal mine in their county. It’s good to see that there are still people in the world that care about the future. In todays’ society most people would take a buyout and move away from the problem with no concern of what happens to the area. I for one am glad to see that people still care.
In a recent Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce meeting citizens were told that the Baard Coal-to-Fuel plant planned for Wellsville, OH was going to be a reality. Despite much opposition from the Sierra Club and other local environmental groups the company seems to be very confident that the currently proposed facility will happen soon.
Baard Energy, a private Vancouver-based company, has proposed building a $6 billion liquid coal plant in Wellsville (Columbiana County), roughly 40 miles south of Youngstown.
Background: Essentially, Baard’s proposal is to take 28,000 tons of coal per day (this is equivalent to about 4 trains each carrying 60 cars full of coal) and convert it into about 53,000 barrels of liquid, diesel-like fuel. At the same time, the facility would produce about 250MW of electric power that could be exported to the grid. Baard has stated it has executed an option agreement for long-term coal supply with an existing Ohio coal producer; if entirely Ohio coal, this could increase destructive coal mining practices in Ohio by up to 40%. Additionally, there exist grave concerns with air and water pollution.
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What is the Counter Coalture Coalition?
Based in Southeastern Ohio, we are an Appalachian organization with the mission of raising awareness about the social impacts of coal mining, washing, burning and disposing upon the people who live near active mines and facilities.
There are many environmental groups that already address global warming, the effects of coal mining upon the environment, and the impact of fossil fuel consumption.
The primary focus of this site is social justice.