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 […]
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 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 […]
In case you missed it, FOB went to Washington DC last month and had the opportunity lobby for environmental policy that we stand behind. AML Reauthorization Act, H.R.4248, which would reauthorize the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Trust Fund, was one Act that we made sure to represent well on behalf of West Virginia. These funds […]
Friends of Blackwater staffers Sean Coffers, Emmie Cornell, and Logan Thorne recently spent a couple of days in Washington, D.C. working on water and environmental issues on both a state wide and national level. It was a productive time. Tuesday was spent with our friends at the Water Protection Network at their annual membership meeting. […]
WVU’s interdisciplinary climate change class visited Blackwater Canyon on October 19th. Led by professor Andrea Soccorsi, these students are learning how to tackle the consequences of a changing climate in realistic and practical ways- including learning about the ecological fragility of the Allegheny Highlands. This area is known as “a little bit of Canada”- many […]
Friends of Blackwater has officially submitted comments to the West Virginia Department of Highways, concerning the proposed Corridor H route from Davis to Parsons, WV. We have objected to the route that runs in between Davis and Thomas for a number of reasons: -Virginia Big Eared bats are an endangered bat species have been found […]
On Saturday September 21st, the West Virginia Center on Climate Change, a Friends of Blackwater offshoot, hosted the Climate Change and Public Health conference in Morgantown, WV in partnership with the WVU Law Center for Energy and Sustainable Development and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center. Over 125 people attended, including students, lawyers, health […]
As of August 10th, our current executive assistant, Kate, will be leaving Friends of Blackwater. We are looking to fill this position quickly in order to make a smooth transition. The job description is as follows: Friends of Blackwater is a small non-profit conservation organization based in Tucker County, West Virginia. Although the organization was […]
Environmental justice and activism takes all sorts of different forms. Images of picketing and protesting and dramatic demonstrations come to mind, but realistically, environmental justice in Tucker County looks a lot more like restoring mine-scarred land and respecting our history, while still learning from past environmental mistakes. Experience Learning, an education center based out of […]