The big seep

By Kristen Lombardi

Longwall mining is draining the water from the springs and streams of northern Appalachia

New scrutiny of 'longwall' mining finds damage in Pennsylvania streams

By Kristen Lombardi

In Pennsylvania, state regulators say 'longwall mining' has permanently damaged several streams -- a finding with potentially deeper impact.

Longwall coal mine companies push to “downgrade” stream pollution controls

By Kristen Lombardi

Much has been made about the Bush administration’s 11th hour repeal of a key rule meant to keep coal-slurry waste out of Appalachian streams

First longwall mine in six years underway

By Kristen Lombardi

Score one for King Coal in northern Appalachia. Today’s boom in the coalfields of southwestern Pennsylvania — where the 42.7 million tons ex


By The Center for Public Integrity

Some of the pages scoured while investigating longwall mining's societal and environmental impact.


By The Center for Public Integrity

Websites of coal companies and citizens groups, as well as studies about and lawsuits over the impacts of longwall mining.

The hidden costs of clean coal

By The Center for Public Integrity

The environmental and human disaster of longwall mining

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Kristen Lombardi

Senior Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Kristen Lombardi is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the Center for Public Integrity since 2007.... More about Kristen Lombardi