More anti-coal direct action at Appalachian mine site

Written by Scott Parkin

Topics: Coal

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Appalachian Mountain defense and anti-coal direct action is definitely on the rise in Appalachia and the southeast.

Today, four were arrested after crossing a line onto Zeb Mountain in east Tennessee where National Coal Company operates a strip mine. The civil disobedience was part of a larger march organized by United Mountain Defense, Mountain Justice and Three Rivers Earth First! which included “a diversity of coal-impacted citizens ranging from hunters fighting for the state’s wildlife to religious leaders promoting environmental stewardship.”

Eric Blevins, one of those arrested, and a multi-generational Appalachian, said “I crossed an artificial line today because Appalachia is my homeland, and its life is being destroyed far faster than it can regenerate. I wanted to open people’s minds to how insane it is that we allow corporations to own land without loving it and keeping life sustainable.”

Corporations using strip-mining and mountaintop removal and those building new coal fired power plants are being challenged again and again by mountain defenders and anti-coal direct action activists. Furthermore, the financiers of the coal companies are being called out as well.

Legal, regulatory and legislative channels of change are used as well, but more and more often direct action is becoming necessary as corporations hold great power and influence to sway those legal channels.

UPDATE Video from Zeb Mountain

3 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Thank you to all the courageous people who are willing to put their bodies on the line to demand climate change solutions when the powerholders refuse to listen. I was at Climate Camp in Australia 2 weeks ago ( and it was a beautiful, inspiring experience to see 1000 ordinary citizens supporting the 50 who walked onto the coal rail line, stopping the coal trains and getting arrested in the process. Power to the people!

  2. Diba Khan-Bureau says:

    The destruction of our mountains, natural habitat and ecosystems forever is a failure of our government and those that oversee the strip mining companies. Once a mountain which formed thousands of years ago becomes destroyed it can never be replaced. Not only do you destroy the habitats of upland plants, animals and organisms but the destruction of wetlands, streams, and rivers are included as well. Very sad for our environment and even sadder for the generations to come that may never see the mountain that once was.

  3. Annie McMahon says:

    Coal is filthy and the obtaining of it immoral!!!

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