Coal mining is devastating Appalachia and harming endangered aquatic life. Widespread and increasing mountaintop removal mining -- a form of mining in which entire tops of mountains are removed and the debris is dumped in valleys and sometimes directly into streams -- is despoiling hundreds of miles of rivers and streams within the Southeast Rivers and Streams ecoregion, which World Wildlife Fund has identified as one of the richest, rarest and most biologically important eco-regions in the world.
A long-standing, overly general FWS "biological opinion" concluded that no coal mining operation anywhere in the United States would ever jeopardize threatened or endangered species listed then or in the future. FWS concluded that the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act provided sufficient protection for all listed species. As a result, neither FWS, nor the agency that regulates surface mining, nor mine operators are required to assess or avoid the impacts of mining on protected species. However, despite the surface mining law, damaging coal mining is continuing and Appalachia's rivers and aquatic creatures are suffering.
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Please tell the Fish and Wildlife Service to rewrite the failed biological opinion that allows coal mining to harm endangered species. Go to http://wwf.worldwildlife.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=209 to take action.
Your letter will bolster the efforts of local conservation organizations working to protect the region's waters and wildlife. These groups recently filed a legal petition calling on the FWS to revoke the biological opinion.
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