Our current executive assistant, Sean, has left 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 originally founded to help move […]
Pollution Threat on the Cheat River
Underground Injection Well Petition
Pillar Energy, LLC is requesting a renewal permit from the DEP to inject 590 barrels of water produced from shallow gas wells per day into an existing well next to Horseshoe Run, a tributary of the Cheat River, near St. George, WV. This toxic mixture of noxious chemicals could potentially leak into the ground water or Horseshoe Run and the Cheat River, undermining much of the restoration work that has been completed to restore ecological health to the watershed.
Friends of the Cheat is coordinating with Friends of Blackwater to submit official comments objecting to this harmful waste disposal. We are demanding a public meeting to voice our concerns about this project. Please join this effort to stop this source of water pollution from ever entering the Cheat watershed by adding your name to this petition! Comments will be submitted on January 15th.
Read the full injection permit here:
Write A Letter To Your Representative
New Threats to the Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act is a critical environmental law with a proven record of success. It has saved iconic American species from extinction, and has prevented the extinction of 99% of species listed. Unfortunately, this law is under attack from special interests who want to roll back protections. Please write to your legislators and let them know that you support the Endangered Species Act, and want them to reject any efforts to undermine it.
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Thank you for your NEPA comments
Thank you to everyone who wrote letters to the Forest Service rejecting the proposed NEPA changes. Be on the look out for more updates on how you can help protect our national forests!
Latest Blog Posts
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. […]