- Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS) is an organization of concerned community members and their allies who are working to stop the destruction of our communities by surface coal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area, and to help rebuild sustainable communities.
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The Wise County Virginia Board of Supervisors joined a growing number of Appalachian communities voicing support for the White House’s POWER+ Plan at its regular August meeting this evening. The Board unanimously approved a resolution supporting the federal budget proposal, which would steer billions of dollars for economic development and diversification to Appalachia’s coal-impacted communities, including those in Southwest Virginia.… Read the rest
On April 20th 2105, The Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards learned all of their hard work and efforts had finally paid off. Ison Rock Ridge is safe from being mined, for now. Monday was the deadline for A & G to apply for its appeal in VA circuit court for its fourth appeal of the denial of the Ison Rock Ridge application.… Read the rest
Big Stone Gap, VA – US District Court Judge Jones last week sided with Red River Coal Company regarding enforcement of the Clean Water Act. The decision allows the Virginia Division of Mined Land Reclamation (DMLR) to decide if and how to enforce pollutant limits contained within Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plans.… Read the rest
Virginia Makes Final Decision to Deny Dangerous Wise County Strip Mine
Local Residents Have Long Opposed the Controversial Project
BIG STONE GAP, VA – Late last week the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) made a final decision to deny the Ison Rock Ridge Surface Mine permit after an appeal by A&G Coal Corporation, the coal company applying for the permit.… Read the rest