Posted by: nocoalphilly | June 9, 2010

Call Now to End Mountaintop Removal!

EPA: Pledge to End Mountaintop Removal

Members of PAC outside the EPA in March 2010


Yesterday morning members of Philly Against Coal (PAC), joined by Appalachian local and Coal River Mountain Watch organizer Lorelei Scarbro, met with EPA Administrators at the EPA’s Region 3 Office. The Region 3 Office in Philadelphia oversees permits for mountaintop removal mines in Virginia, West Virginia, and other coal states, playing a critical role in the struggle to end mountaintop removal!

We demanded that the Region 3 Office drastically increase transparency with impacted community members, assess cumulative impacts, and deny permits to an outlaw industry that disregards science and safety laws.

Unfortunately, only six of us were able to attend yesterday’s meeting. Please add your voice and register your resistance. Please call administrator Jeffrey Lapp today with the message below.

Jeffrey Lapp’s number: 215-814-2717


“Hi my name is __________ and I’m calling from _______. I’m aware that a coalition of mountaintop removal activists met with you yesterday. I’m urging you to continue these conversations and increase transparency with impacted community members in EPA’s Region 3. I am eager for you to take a citizen-led flyover tour of the destruction rendered by mountaintop removal.

Appalachians can’t afford any new permitted mountaintop removal mine sites. We need you to protect the waterways you are entrusted with and deny all new permits.”

At the meeting, We pressed administrators to deny permits for active mining proposals, including the Ison Rock Ridge, Pine Creek, and Spruce #1 permits. If permitted, these mines would threaten hundreds of peoples’ health, water, and history. Spruce #1 is the largest proposed mountaintop removal mine site in West Virginia history, while the Ison Rock Ridge permit has faced 3 years of active opposition from members of the surrounding community.

Please call Jeffrey Lapp at 215-814-2717 TODAY and ask him to increase transparency with impacted communities, do a citizen-led flyover, and deny all new MTR permits!

Many thanks,
Philly Against Coal



  1. I called and left a message to STOP mountain top removal.

  2. What’s the status of this? Still need calls, or where can we direct our efforts?


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