Gainesville Loves Mountains is pushing the Gainesville City Commission to adopt an ordinance to prevent Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) from buying coal extracted by mountaintop removal mining. Jason Fults’ article in the Iguana outlines some of the background for this ordinance. They have created a petition to the Gainesville CIty Commission that you can sign. If you are interested in learning more and taking action follow Gainesville Loves Mountains on Twitter and Facebook.
A nice bit of reporting by Ken Ward Jr. of the Charleston Gazette. I was fortunate to have worked for some of these researchers on a similar project that was the focus of my undergraduate thesis.