Archive for September 1, 2009

Image Credit: Mountain Justice

Image Credit: Mountain Justice

The hideous practice known as mountaintop coal removal is one of the greatest environmental and human rights crises occuring in the U.S. to date. Increasingly, the destructive practices of MTR are making activist out of almost everyone who learns of its devastation. One source of outrage is the failed government action (both state and federal) of the Obama administration under the EPA chief Lisa Jackson, which is aiding and abetting the coal industry. According to Mountain Justice;  Jackson continues to issue MTR permits that violate the Clean Water Act and various other environmental laws. 

An event scheduled for September 14th-18th gives you the opportunity to meet and support the people who work tirelessly to stop mountaintop coal removal and those who continue to expose the pro-coal, do- nothing state environmental regulators at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

Asheville NC, September 14-18 | Climate Ground Zero will host a series of events to support the campaign to END mountaintop removal coal mining.

In the heart of Appalachia there is a silent war being waged.  It’s a war against the people; it’s a war against the environment.  The casualties of this war suffer in silence as Americas need for cheaper fuel sources increase.

Please join Climate Ground Zero for a week of events as artists, activists and educators come together to expose the truth about mountaintop removal coal mining.  Meet those who are fighting on the front lines of Appalachia’s silent war

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You wouldn’t want this dog chasing many cars, especially given the outcome. (Unless you owned a tire store) 


Dog puts a bite on deputy’s tires

Source: Staff report | The Fayetteville Observer

The tires on a Cumberland County deputy’s patrol car were no match for a pit bull that bit and flattened them Sunday, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The dog deflated all four tires on the cruiser of a deputy who was responding to a complaint about another dog, said Debbie Tanna, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.

The call was placed at 6:20 p.m. by Gloria Bass of the 6600 block of Fire Department Road near Hope Mills, Tanna said.

Bass reported that a dog was chasing her daughter, who was riding a bicycle, and trying to bite the back tire.

Deputy Lynn Lavallis was sent to investigate and found nothing when she arrived – no dog and no girl riding a bicycle, Tanna said.

Lavallis parked her cruiser in Bass’ driveway and went to speak with the woman.

That’s when Bass’ dog, a pit bull, went on the attack, biting the four tires.

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Credit: GOES 11 Click to enlarge Image

Credit: GOES 11 Click to enlarge Image

LA’s under the Gun, Blaze Doubles

A massive fire in the Angeles National Forest nearly doubled in size overnight, threatening 12,000 homes Monday in a 20-mile-long swath of flame and smoke and surging toward a mountaintop broadcasting complex and historic observatory.

The fire was the largest of at least eight burning up and down California after days of triple-digit temperatures and low humidity. The Los Angeles-area blaze had burned at least 21 homes and was moving north, south and east through the rugged foothills northeast of the city.

Despite a lack of wind, the fire surged without letup by running through steep granite canyons and feeding on brush that had not burned for 40 years, fire officials said.

“It’s burning everywhere,” U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Dianne Cahir said. “When it gets into canyons that haven’t burned in numerous years, it takes off. If you have any insight into the good Lord upstairs, put in a request.”

The fire had burned 134 square miles of brush and trees by early Monday and was just 5 percent contained.

About 12,000 homes, as well as communications and astronomy centers atop Mount Wilson, were threatened by fire. At least 6,600 homes were under mandatory evacuation orders and more than 2,500 firefighters were battling the flames.

But the lack of wind kept the fires burning mainly in canyonlands rather than racing downhill and roaring explosively through the dense suburbs that cluster at the base of the foothills.

On the blaze’s northwestern front, two firefighters were killed Sunday when their truck drove off the side of a road on Mount Gleason near the city of Acton.

Read the entire article at Huffington Post.

Watch video from the ground, incredible !

[About the Video: A massive Los Angeles-area fire nearly doubled in size overnight, threatening 12,000 homes Monday in a 20-mile long swath of flame and smoke and surging toward a mountaintop broadcasting complex | AP]

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