Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Responds to CONSOL Energy Discharge into Levisa Fork
Attorney General Greg Stumbo today announced that his office will work closely with state regulators and concerned citizens to monitor water quality in the Levisa River. This announcement comes amid mounting concerns that CONSOL Energy has planned massive discharge of high chloride water from an underground mine that may adversely affect the river’s ecology.
“I have vigorously fought this discharge through the federal administrative process,” Stumbo said. “Against our advice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ruled that the Clean Water Act will not stop CONSOL from dumping this salty water into the Levisa River. As I promised a year ago, if any of this discharge harms Kentucky’s waterways, I will immediately seek state court protection.”
The Attorney General’s Civil and Environmental Law Branch began fighting CONSOL’s discharge permit request in January, 2006. The Office of the Attorney General forwarded its investigative results to the state Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet (EPPC) and the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (DFWR) for review and assistance. On April 11, 2006, the Kentucky Senate unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the Attorney General’s efforts.
“Today I reaffirm my commitment to protecting Kentucky’s natural resources,” Stumbo stated. “State regulators must monitor water quality to protect our environmental heritage. I will initiate legal action at the first sign of water quality degradation.”
Concerned citizens can contact the Office of the Attorney General to report pollution through his Sportsmen and Sportswomen To Oppose Pollution (STOP) program by calling 1-866-749-STOP.