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In This Issue
A Big Save the Date
Coal Mine Pollution
Tar Sands in Indiana
Saving the Hoosier State Line
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Mark Your Calendars: Saturday, November 16th for HEC's Biggest Event of the Year!
HEC is excited to announce that Greening the Statehouse -- which drew a record-breaking 330 people last year -- will be held at IUPUI on Saturday, November 16th this year! We're thrilled to be partnering with a university that is brimming with sustainability initiatives  - especially meaningful in HEC's 30th year!  

Please hold November 16th for what will be an energizing half-day of dynamic speakers, recognition awards, eco-friendly food, and networking with fellow advocates, green-minded businesses and great non-profit partners! For questions about Greening the Statehouse, write to Falon French at
Protecting the Environment and People from Coal Mining Operations at Bear Run 

Peabody's Bear Run Mine in Sullivan County produces 8 million tons of coal annually and is one of the largest coal mines in the United States. Like other large strip mines, its land-disturbing and blasting activities pose significant risks to the environment, health and quality of life for people who live nearby. Yet, unlike all other large U.S. strip mines that are required to implement the most protective safeguards to protect nearby waterways, Bear Run is allowed by Indiana regulators to side-step those requirements. To address this serious issue, HEC and our partners mounted a legal challenge to require Peabody to comply with the same Clean Water Act requirements imposed on all other comparably-sized strip mines in the nation. Also, we are exploring other ways to address nearby residents' concerns about the clouds of harmful dust in the air and quakes shaking their homes following mine blasting.

To learn more about our efforts, please contact our Staff Attorney and Water Policy Director, Kim Ferraro at

HEC Engaged on Pipeline Safety Issues in Indiana, with Special Focus on Tar Sands Pipeline  

Did you know that there are nearly 4,000 miles of hazardous liquid pipelines in Indiana? HEC and our partner Save the Dunes have been focusing in on one specific hazardous pipeline of concern over the last several months: the Enbridge pipeline replacement project in Northwest Indiana. This project would be within 20 miles of Lake Michigan throughout the pipeline's route.  While the Indiana Department of Environmental Management recently approved a permit that has stronger safeguards than the original proposed permit (due to a strong push by HEC and Save the Dunes), those safeguards are not sufficient for this tar sands-carrying pipeline. We are assessing next steps.

And as a result of the recent 20,000 gallon Marathon oil pipeline spill in Indianapolis, HEC is planning -- more broadly -- to examine the safeguards protecting our waters from Indiana's extensive pipeline network.  

For questions and comments on our pipeline work, write us at
Saving a Vital Transportation Link - the Chicago to Indianapolis Hoosier State Rail Service  

As Michigan and Illinois expand their passenger rail service, Indiana is considering whether to continue Amtrak's Hoosier State service between Indianapolis and Chicago, which currently operates four days a week. Congress is requiring Amtrak to discontinue its short distance routes unless the host state agrees to provide funding. 15 states now provide state support for their Amtrak routes. These short distance - less than 750 miles - routes have the highest ridership growth in the entire Amtrak network.


To maintain the Hoosier State service, Indiana would need to contribute about $3 million a year. Communities along the route, and rail supporters including HEC, support improved and expanded service that provides a meaningful transportation option for business travelers, students and families. Visit our Action Center for more information.   

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