- Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS) is an organization of concerned community members and their allies who are working to stop the destruction of our communities by surface coal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area, and to help rebuild sustainable communities.
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Big Stone Gap, VA – US District Court Judge Jones last week sided with Red River Coal Company regarding enforcement of the Clean Water Act. The decision allows the Virginia Division of Mined Land Reclamation (DMLR) to decide if and … Continue reading
Virginia Makes Final Decision to Deny Dangerous Wise County Strip Mine Local Residents Have Long Opposed the Controversial Project BIG STONE GAP, VA – Late last week the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) made a final decision … Continue reading
Reminder. The annual election for the SAMS board of directors will be March 17th. Nominations for the SAMS board are now open, and will close at the SAMS February membership meeting (Feb 17). If you would like to make a … Continue reading
Grassroots Progress Report Evaluates Obamaâ€™s Legacy in Appalachia The report discusses the Obama Administrationâ€™s successes and shortfalls in addressing the impacts of mountaintop removal and investing in a just and sustainable economy in Appalachia. Read the report here : (Grassroots … Continue reading