Friends of Blackwater is disappointed to inform you that the Pillar LLC permit for the undergound injection well next to Horseshoe Run has been reissued for an additional 5 years. Thank you for your participation in the fight to stop this permit in its tracks- over 50 people attended the public hearing for this permit, […]
Friends of Blackwater has been rallying our supporters to help advocate for public lands and endangered species. Over the years, we have been working to protect public rights to take advantage of the opportunities our public lands offer.
To get more details about our advocacy, view the posts below.
The Keystone Surface Mining online public hearing may be over, but the fight for clean water never ends! The draft NPDES permit for the Keystone permit site has been released and Friends of Blackwater is reviewing it for errors or short comings. This discharge could be the difference between life and death for many aquatic […]
The following is a summary of Friends of Blackwater’s official comments to the DEP regarding the Keystone Surface Mining and Reclamation permit. Please let these guide your comments during the online public hearing on June 10th from 1-5 pm (plan on joining at 1 pm). Friends of Blackwater has written an EPA approved Beaver Creek […]
On June 10th, 2020 from 1-5 PM, the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection Division of Mining and Reclamation will host an informal conference regarding the proposed Keystone surface mining and reclamation permit on Corridor H North of Davis, WV. Due to concerns about the coronavirus, the public hearing will be hosted by the DEP […]
Recently, Friends of Blackwater and 206 other groups across the country signed onto support a letter to the US Congress that calls for and the support of the creation of thousands of environmental jobs to conserve and restore public lands, protect endangered species and other wildlife, and restore critical protections provided by the Clean Water […]
The Monongahela National Forest has proposed to conduct large-scale commercial logging on 3,394 acres in Pocahontas County in West Virginia. They also propose to apply herbicides to 2,025 acres, burn 1,904 acres, build 8.7 miles of roads and 49.1 acres of skid roads, install 34 log landings, and turn 125 acres into open fields. Friends […]
Recently, FOB had the opportunity to comment on the scoping plans for two different Forest Service land management and timbering projects, Upper Elk and Grassy Ridge. The Forest Service releases a “scoping” document prior to any environmental assessments or any other plans relating to a management project. This helps determine the size/scale of the project […]
Thank you for your 355 signatures and comments requesting a public meeting about the surface mining and reclamation permit #S200710! We submitted these on March 6th, along with our official comments, and have received confirmation that the DEP will hold a public hearing. Due to the concern about spreading Coronavirus, the public hearing date is […]
The Underground Injection Public Hearing on March 5th in Parsons was a success! Over 50 concerned members of the public showed up at the Tucker Co Board of Education Gym. People came from Morgantown, Charles Town, Kingwood, Cheat Lake, and all over Tucker County. 15 of these attendees spoke up, voicing their opposition to this […]
Your comments and signatures (almost 1,500!) on FOB’s injection well petition that accompanied our comments objecting to this waste disposal have led to a public hearing regarding this permit renewal. What: Public hearing concerning the permit application for UIC Permit 2D09300081 Where: Tucker County Board of Education Auxiliary Gym 100 Education Lane, Parsons, WV […]
In June of 2019, Friends of Blackwater, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy filed objections to a large-scale timbering proposal for 171,579 acres on the Monongahela National Forest located near White Sulfur Springs– called the “Panther Ridge Habitat Enhancement Project.” On November 21, 2019, the Forest Service filed their response, […]
We’d like to thank everyone who has given to Friends of Blackwater on the Patagonia platform these past couple of weeks. Because of you, Patagonia will be giving Friends of Blackwater an additional $1,110 match to your donations. Patagonia hit their $10,000,000 donation match limit this season; HOWEVER, if you’d still like to donate, they […]