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Robert Goodwin to present on practices in coal mining on the UMFK campus

January 31, 2011

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent Environmental Studies Speaker Series committee and the Ecology committee invites all UMFK faculty, staff, and members of the public to a presentation, entitled “Mountaintop Removal Practices in Coal Mining” by Robert Goodwin.

The presentation is free and will be held in Cyr Hall, room 209 on Thursday, February 10 at 11 a.m. 
 
Robert Goodwin is an environmental permit analyst and researcher for Coal River Mountain Watch (CRMW).   CRMW is a grassroots organization, which began in 1998 in response to the fear and frustration of people living near or downstream from huge mountaintop removal sites.
 
The mountaintop removal practices being used in coal mining today have a profound negative effect on the environment and speak to our need to move to more sustainable energy sources.
 
Goodwin graduated from the University of Maine in 2009. He earned a bachelor of science degree in surveying engineering technology.  
 
The mission of CRMW is to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountaintop removal mining, to improve the quality of life in these areas and to help rebuild sustainable communities.
 
CRMW began as a small group of volunteers working to organize the residents of southern West Virginia to fight for social, economic, and environmental justice. From their humble beginnings, they have become a major force in opposition to mountaintop removal. The group has been active in federal court to challenge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits for valley fills and made regional news with demonstrations against a sludge dam and preparation plant near Marsh Fork Elementary School.
 
Joining Goodwin at the presentation will be Emily Simons from the Beehive Collective in Machias, Maine. She will present on the "true cost of coal poster." The Beehive Collective’s mission is to cross-pollinate the grassroots, by creating collaborative,  anti-copyright images that can be used as educational and organizing tools.
 
For more information on the presentation or the Environmental Studies Speaker Series, contact Dr. Steven Selva at (207) 834-7617 or by e-mail at: sselva@maine.edu