Tree Sit Day 5: Call In Day “Stop the Noise”

Written by Scott Parkin

Topics: Coal

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The fight over Coal River Mountain is escalating. Miners are using loud air horn like noises and bright lights to keep the tree-sitters up at all hours in hopes of bring them down. To counter this tactics, the tree-sitters have called the state police (which shut the noise down for a while) and now Climate Ground Zero has initiated a call in day on Massey’s HQ in Richmond Virginia. So far, hundreds have called in demanding the Massey stop their abuses.

Call Massey and Demand a Stop to Their Illegal Abuses

In response to Massey Energy’s harmful abuse of the Coal River Mountain tree sitters, call Massey’s international headquarters Monday, Jan. 25, starting at 9 a.m. and demand they immediately stop illegally using noisemakers to harass the tree sitters.

Can you call Massey?

Call Massey NOW and ask for
Baxter Phillips, President 1804-788-1807. If you can’t reach him, call the switch board at:
(804) 788-1800 -

After four days 60 ft up in the air, the treesitters, David Aaron Smith, 23, Amber Nitchman, 19 and Eric Blevins, 28, are still going strong. Massey’s sleep deprivation by air horn isn’t making things easy, and the sleet, fog, mist, and rain aren’t helping either – but every time that people have talked to them, they sound upbeat and steadfast. The sitters plan to endure the discomforts created by Massey security and the weather and hold out for as long as possible to defend Coal River Mountain.

Instead of permanently ending blasting on Coal River, Massey is trying to harass the sitters into leaving using the sound machine, hitting the platforms with a rope, cutting down nearby trees and constant flood lights. Some of the harassment has stopped, but the sound machine continues, possibly causing permanent hearing loss. We need to call Massey’s international headquarters Monday, Jan. 25, starting at 9 a.m. and demand they immediately stop illegally using noisemakers to harass the tree sitters.

The following is a sample script for the call:

Hi, I am calling to demand that Massey Energy halt blasting on Coal River Mountain and the abuse of the three tree-sitters occupying Massey’s Bee Tree property. Security personnel have been incessantly blasting noise from an air horn to keep the tree-sitters awake. This puts both the sitters and the miners at the site at risk for hearing loss, and could be considered a felony under West Virginia state law. Also at risk are the lives of the 998 people who Massey predicts will be killed should the 8.2 billion gallon Brushy Fork Impoundment fail. To dynamite in the surrounding area is to gamble with the lives of the people of the Coal River Valley. The mountains of Appalachia soak up water and act as a water filtration system for millions of Americans inside of and surrounding Appalachia. To release toxins into Appalachia’s waterways puts the health of these millions in jeopardy. Please stop this abuse of our forests and our health and halt the blasting..

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