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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Threats from continued mountaintop removal and expanded oil and gas drilling have landed two West Virginia waterways on an advocacy group's annual list of the nation's most endangered rivers.
American Rivers put the Gauley and Monongahela in its yearly report, America's Most Endangered Rivers, released Wednesday.
The Washington, D.C.-based group cited ongoing mountaintop removal in the Twentymile and Peters Creek watersheds as a major threat to the Gauley and pollution from oil and gas drilling as a growing danger to the Monongahela.
The No. 1 river on the 2010 endangered list is the Upper Delaware, where gas drilling threatens the drinking water for 17 million people across New York and Pennsylvania.
"The threats facing this year's rivers are more pressing than ever, from gas drilling that could pollute the drinking water of millions of people, to the construction of costly and unnecessary dams, to outdated flood management that threatens public safety," said Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers.
In its report on the Gauley, American Rivers noted that the river is internationally known for its whitewater, but that coal mining in the tributary watersheds "flattens mountaintops, buries streams under debris and pollutes water."
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and cooperating agencies must stop the permitting of mine activity that harms the clean water and natural areas that are essential to the health and heritage of Appalachian communities," American Rivers said.