Read the latest in Illinois coal politics … The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said that 624 water permit violations “racked up” by one of the worst mine operator polluters in the state would be considered as ONE SINGLE VIOLATION when this agency decides whether or not to renew the mining permit.
Outrage over New Math for Coal Mine [...]
End IDCEO’s Kids Coal Curriculum Ask Your State Rep. to Support HB5660 This bill removes the legal mandate requiring the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IDCEO) to provide coal education for Illinois children. Contact your state representative today and ask him or her to support HB 5660.
Did You Know … Illinois state law currently requires the development [...]
Attend Hearing for 5-Year Permit Renewal, Deer Run Mine On February 19, 2014, the IDNR/OSM will be hosting a public hearing to review the 5-year renewal of Permit #399 that includes an 88-foot tall, high-hazard coal slurry impoundment covering one square mile in the city limits of Hillsboro.
Subsequent to its approval in 2009, the Illinois Department of Natural [...]
Stories from the Heartland Citizens Against Longwall Mining Speak Out
Longwall mining at Deer Run Mine and its “planned subsidence” now threatens over 5000 acres of highly productive farmland in Montgomery County. The mine is owned and operated by Hillsboro Energy LLC, an affiliate of the Cline Group. Coal baron Chris Cline is one of the driving forces behind expanding Illinois Basin coal production. [...]
Did You Know … Coal Mining Is Just as Extreme as Hydraulic Fracturing! While much of the country is talking about fracking, corporations such as Peabody Coal and Foresight Reserves LP are quietly extracting coal from America’s Heartland. Strip mining, room and pillar and longwall mining for coal are destroying some of the best agricultural farmland in the world, displacing once [...]
Coal Industry Drains Close to $20 Million from Illinois State Budget Annually
A report released today by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and Downstream Strategies estimates that in the 2011 Fiscal Year, the coal industry drained nearly $20 million from the Illinois state budget in subsidies and expenditures related to supporting the coal industry. [...]
Quinn Announces Illinois Coal Exports Set Record in 2012 Contributing to Climate Change and Harming Illinois Communities
Coal mining in Illinois is on the rise, making it the fifth largest producer in the nation. Illinois’ abundant high-sulphur coal saw record demand oversees last year, according to according to a new report commissioned by the Illinois Office of Coal Development that was released Wednesday, May [...]
Heartland Coalfield Alliance Organizing Retreat May 17-19, 2013 Camp Ondessonk, Ozark, IL
Registration is required: Click here to register today! …
The Heartland Coalfield Alliance (HCA) works to reduce impacts from dirty coal mining, coal burning and coal waste disposal while promoting cleaner, more sustainable and affordable energy solutions for the Illinois Coal Basin. [...]
Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative, highlights the importance of challenging the Obama administration to create an energy transition plan that moves the nation from fossil fuels to renewable energy. ““They talk about it as if it’s up and running, and that’s not the case at all.” In the meantime, he said, coal continues to be mined and burned, [...]
Flier, May Organizing Retreat
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Join the Heartland Coalfield Alliance for a two-day organizing retreat Help Build a Movement
When: May 17th – 19th
Where: Camp Ondessonk, Ozark, IL 62972
Registration: Is required. Registration and pricing (base on type of lodging selected) will be available on line in the next few weeks
This retreat will focus on [...]