January 14th, 2021 – Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition 2020 Report
December 14th, 2020 – Coal Reclamation and Bankruptcies on Post-SMCRA Mines
The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition hosted this webinar to discuss the state of “post-law mines,” (those that were developed after the passage of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) in 1977). As the coal industry continues its irreversible decline, large-scale bankruptcies are triggering bond forfeitures, resulting in stranded permits that are likely to have inadequate funding for remediation. This is a crisis that is unfolding now on a scale that could ultimately dwarf the legacy of pre-law mining, as many of the permits at risk of collapsing are hundreds, if not thousands of acres in size. Note: this is a preliminary overview, some state data was missing from Ohio and Tennessee, and some Kentucky bond data was inadvertently excluded. Please see the “Restoration and Renewal: The New Appalachian Economy” report for corrected data.
July 9th, 2020 – Innovative Investments for Land Reclamation
The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition (RAC) has secured federal and state funding for Abandoned Mine Land (AML) cleanup and redevelopment projects, but there is an opportunity to integrate other sources of funding into these projects and non-AML coal impacted site projects such as mission oriented investments, impact investments, and other sources of financing. During this webinar, speakers will present on how RAC and other regional organizations can leverage these non-grant sources of project finance for site cleanup and redevelopment projects.
July 8th, 2020 – Community Benefits Agreements and Innovative Mine Reclamation
Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) are powerful tools with the potential to transform Appalachian’s economy. These agreements hold developers accountable and give the local community a platform to advocate for their needs. Join the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition and expert speakers on July 8th at 11 AM EST to discuss the potential applications of CBAs to mine reclamation and redevelopment projects.
May 28th, 2020 – Outdoor Recreation on Abandoned Mine Land
This webinar included presentations from around Appalachia to hear about best practices and lessons learned outdoor recreation economic development projects sited on abandoned coal mine lands.
Elizabeth W. Hughes, Earth Conservancy Director of Communications;
Zach Foster, Appalachian Conservation Corps Corps Director;
Owen Mulkeen, Friends of the Cheat Associate Director; and
Matt Hepler, Appalachian Voices Environmental Scientist.
April 2020 – Continuing Innovative Approaches to AML Reclamation and Reuse
The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition has assisted community organizations across central Appalachia in procuring nearly $30 million for transformative projects on former mine sites. Entering its third year in 2020, the RAC’s ability to impact change in rural communities across the region is stronger than ever. This webinar kicks off the 2020 AML Pilot year. We discussed the history of the RAC, explore recent successes and our exciting new mini-grant opportunity for organizations in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Alabama.
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October 2019 – Innovative Reclamation Projects Across the Appalachian Region
This webinar covers the release of our 2019 annual report highlighting innovative reclamation projects across the region. The webinar will provide an overview of exciting new projects submitted for Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot funding in 2019 – including creative matching sources and project partnerships – as well as updates on already-funded projects as they move toward implementation.