Update: More than 85,000 comments were submitted nationally in opposition to the project. Click here to read our press release. Thank you and stayed tuned!
Want to find a way to skirt necessary environmental safeguards so you can mine more coal? Coal you don’t own?
Coal companies are trying to disguise a coal-mining operation as a highway project in Southwest Virginia, allowing them to seize land and ignore some environmental protections for local communities. They thought they could get away with it. But the permits are under review by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and you can help stop this environmental travesty.
Coal companies proposed and drew the route of the Coalfields Expressway to increase their profits, not serve the public. Small towns will be bypassed, more than 12 miles of streams will be buried, and hundreds of acres of privately held land will be condemned and handed over for King Coal’s profit.
All to build an expensive and unnecessary road that cannot deliver the economic miracle its political cheerleaders promise. Those same politicians receive major contributions from the companies set to benefit most from this $2 Billion project.
With the Environmental Protection Agency cracking down on water pollution from mountaintop removal coal mines, the coal industry is going to great lengths to squeeze every last ton of coal it can from large scale, highly mechanized operations. Mines associated with the Coalfields Expressway would be exempt from Virginia surface mine permitting, avoiding safeguards meant to protect communities from the worst effects of strip mining.
The people of Southwest Virginia have suffered enough from Big Coal’s empty promises over the years. This road will hurt existing, small economic centers, threaten future development possibilities and further pollute waterways that are critical to a diverse economic future in the coalfields.