West Virginia White Butterfly

I caught this West Virginia White butterfly on a Foamflower yesterday, April 19th, 2017

Source: The View From Frog Pond Holler

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An amazing Trillium recovery – HollerPhenology

Just posted at my HollerPhenology blog:

Trillium1 on April 11, 2015. [Photo: Cathie Bird]

Trillium1 on April 11, 2015. [Photo: Cathie Bird]

 My experiences with Trillium1 this spring have left me with many thoughts, not only about how I engage with other life forms, but also about resilience and possibilities for healing from the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual fractures that life in this material dimension of Earth imposes at times.

An amazing Trillium recovery – HollerPhenology.

Dominion sends letters to NC land owners who won’t cooperate on gas pipeline | Business | NewsObserver.com

Dominion Energy said Tuesday it sent letters to 226 land owners in North Carolina and two other states who have refused to allow the company to survey their land for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline route.

Dominion sends letters to NC land owners who won’t cooperate on gas pipeline | Business | NewsObserver.com.

The Charleston Gazette | Lab official admits faking coal water quality reports

A Raleigh County man pleaded guilty Thursday to repeatedly faking compliant water quality standards for coal companies, in a case that raises questions about the self-reporting system state and federal regulators use as a central tool to judge if the mining industry is following pollution limits. – See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141009/GZ01/141009217/1419#sthash.gUWvR9Lu.dpuf
A Raleigh County man pleaded guilty Thursday to repeatedly faking compliant water quality standards for coal companies, in a case that raises questions about the self-reporting system state and federal regulators use as a central tool to judge if the mining industry is following pollution limits. – See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141009/GZ01/141009217/1419#sthash.gUWvR9Lu.dpuf

Environmental activists in Appalachia have long suspected that water samples from mountaintop removal mines are sometimes tampered with, but now someone has been caught at it. IMO, this kind of thing is a natural consequence of letting the extractive industry buy politicians…or lab techs or anybody else.

I hope this case strengthens the campaign in Tennessee and other states  to keep regulatory authority for coal mining (primacy) with the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, and not the states.

“A Raleigh County man pleaded guilty Thursday to repeatedly faking compliant water quality standards for coal companies, in a case that raises questions about the self-reporting system state and federal regulators use as a central tool to judge if the mining industry is following pollution limits.”

The Charleston Gazette | Lab official admits faking coal water quality reports.

Moving Mountains Tragedy 2014: Stunning Court Denial of Appalachian Health Crisis | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

In a breathtaking but largely overlooked ruling this week, a federal judge agreed that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may disregard studies on the health impacts of mountaintop removal mining in its permitting process, only two weeks after Goldman Prize Award-winning activist Maria Gunnoe wrote an impassioned plea to President Obama to renew withdrawn funding for US Geological Survey research on strip mining operations and redouble federal action to address the decades-old humanitarian disaster.

Moving Mountains Tragedy 2014: Stunning Court Denial of Appalachian Health Crisis | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community.

Mountaintop removal protest  – News – The Charleston Gazette – West Virginia News and Sports –

Leza Greenwald, of Athens, Mercer County, gets her head shaved on the State Capitol steps Monday with several other woman and men protesting mountaintop removal coal mining. The group sheared their locks “to represent the stripping of our heritage, our homes, our water and our land,” according to the group’s social media campaign.

Mountaintop removal protest  – News – The Charleston Gazette – West Virginia News and Sports –.

Harvard law professor criticizes Spruce ruling | Appalachian Mountain Advocates

In an article in the latest edition of The Environmental Forum, Harvard law professor Richard Lazarus slammed the ruling by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson overturning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s veto of the Spruce No. 1 mine permit. Lazarus teaches environmental law, natural resources Law, Supreme Court advocacy and torts at Harvard.

via Harvard law professor criticizes Spruce ruling | Appalachian Mountain Advocates.