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Help Friends of Blackwater protect precious and endangered land by taking the actions below!

Keystone Surface Mining Permit Petition

Sign on to request a public hearing and help protect Beaver Creek

Keystone, LLC is requesting a renewal permit from the DEP to continue surface mining activities near Gatzmer and Davis, WV, along the Corridor H Four Lane. The mine water flowing out of this site will empty into Beaver Creek, a tributary of the Blackwater River.

Friends of Blackwater is part of a group dedicated to restoring Beaver Creek, including work to reduce the heavy metals entering the river and improving the ecological health of the Watershed as outlined in our Watershed Based Plan approved by the EPA. The WVDNR is improving water quality by applying limestone sands and stocking brown trout in the stream under a mitigation plan for Corridor H. Other local agencies and volunteers are improving Beaver Creek by planting native species along the stream banks and removing old industrial infrastructure.

With a variety of groups interested in Beaver Creek ecological improvement it is important to have a public hearing on the Keystone Coal Reserves Permit Renewal permit application. Sign our petition to demand this public meeting and help protect the Beaver Creek Watershed!

View the permit application materials here ( type "S200710" into the "Permit Number" search bar)

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

Send a letter to your Senators asking them to support 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.

We're providing some suggested language at right, but feel free to edit and personalize your message. Why does the Endangered Species Act matter to you?

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!

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You did it! Injection Well Public Hearing

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 […]

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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, […]

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Thank You for Your Patagonia Donations!

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 […]

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