Saturday, April 3, 2010

keep our mountains

Hi All, this is something I support without reservation, keep our mountains green.

Tennessee Conservation Voters
Applauds EPA's Order to
Curb Mountaintop Removal Mining,
Calls on Tennessee Legislature to Pass
Bi-partisan Scenic Vistas Legislation

NASHVILLE- Tennessee Conservation Voters releases the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's order to ban moutaintop removal mining:

Chris Ford, TCV Executive Director:

"Today TCV and our member organizations and many partners throughout the state join our Appalachian brothers and sisters to gratefully celebrate the EPA's announcement by Administrator Lisa Jackson to significantly curb the senselessly destructive practive of Mountaintop Removal Mining in Appalachia."

"Banning Mountaintop Remvoal Mining in Tennesee has been a top priority for Tennessee Conservation Voters, committed citizens and the faith community throughout our state for quite some time. I could not agree more with Administrator Jackson----our mountain people should not have to choose between their health, safety and job security. Sound economic development that is sustainable for future generations is the only reasonable solution to protect our mountain heritage and Tennessee way of life. Correcting the injustice visited among Appalachians for the benefit of the wealthy hundreds of miles away is long overdue.
"On this Good Friday I am reminded of a scripture passage that exhorts us to let justice roll down like water----CLEAN WATER! We are grateful that many prayers have been answered, but diligent in our resolve to continue forward in our work for clean water, clean air, healthy living and economically strong communities in our mountain communities.
Our organization now calls upon our Tennessee elected officials to codify these orders and pass the bipartisan Scenic Vistas legislation presently before the Tennessee House and Senate to stop this destructive practice in Tennessee before it spreads any further. Our future lies before us with endless possibilities for cleaner energy solutions---stand up and be counted as those who are demanding justice and healthy living for Appalachian Tennesseans."


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