Posts Tagged with "Appalachia"

Patriot Coal to End Mountaintop Removal Mining

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Patriot Coal to End Mountaintop Removal Mining

Good news for Appalachia: Patriot Coal recently announced its decision to end mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining. Rainforest Action Network has been talking for many years about why this egregious form of mining needs to be ended immediately. For anyone who might want a reminder about what MTR is, watch this: This is significant news. [...]

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“Stop Financing Nightmares and Begin Financing Dreams”

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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“Stop Financing Nightmares and Begin Financing Dreams”

I’d like to introduce my friend, Paul Corbit Brown. Paul is an exceptional individual, a human rights photographer who has spent his lifetime traveling the world documenting injustice. Paul is a native West Virginian, who grew up and lives in the heart of the Appalachian mountains where coal mining companies are systematically destroying mountains, communities [...]

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“I Ain’t Collateral Damage. I Am Somebody”

Thursday, October 25, 2012

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“I Ain’t Collateral Damage. I Am Somebody”

This past weekend I went to West Virginia to say goodbye to my friend Larry Gibson. He passed away on September 9th on his home on Kayford Mountain, West Virginia. Hundreds turned out to Charleston’s civic arena to pay homage to this simple man who decided, 25 years ago, to take a stand against one of [...]

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Remembering Appalachia’s Mountain Keeper, Larry Gibson

Monday, September 10, 2012

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Remembering Appalachia’s Mountain Keeper, Larry Gibson

“They tell us we’re collateral damage. Well, I ain’t collateral damage. I am somebody. My name is Larry Gibson.” –Larry Gibson Politics in West Virginia always feel more real to me. Energy and economic policies have allowed coal companies to turn the state into a national sacrifice zone. Mountains are flattened by a surface mining [...]

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Patriot Coal: Another One Bites the Dust

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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Patriot Coal: Another One Bites the Dust

Big news this week in the coal industry: Patriot Coal, the third-largest Mountaintop Removal (MTR) coal mining company, is filing for bankruptcy. Bank of America is among the banks providing bankruptcy filing services for Patriot. This is a real opportunity for BofA to use its influence and environmental ambition to work with Patriot and forward-thinking [...]

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West Virginia Prepares for Mountain Mobilization; July 25-Aug. 1

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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West Virginia Prepares for Mountain Mobilization; July 25-Aug. 1

“Everything has to get bigger from here. We need to put our backs up against the wall and not back down.” –Larry Gibson, lifelong West Virginian This fight to end mountaintop removal coal mining is not over. And like Larry said, it needs to get bigger and not back off. Mountain fighters from all over [...]

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Bank Of America Chair Supports Sustainable Energy For Some at Rio+20

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Bank Of America Chair Supports Sustainable Energy For Some at Rio+20

As governmental negotiations are faltering at the “Rio Plus 20” talks in Brazil, the Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4All) announced major commitments to sustainable energy from a wide variety of stakeholders, including developing nation governments, corporations and the rock band Linkin Park. Co-Chaired by Bank of America Chairman Chad Holliday, SE4All announced that Ghana [...]

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Larry Gibson: “Stand With Me Against BofA and Coal”

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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Larry Gibson: “Stand With Me Against BofA and Coal”

As a native West Virginian, I have experienced the dire impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining firsthand. I used to walk around the forests surrounding my family’s home on Kayford Mountain and feel like I was a part of mother nature. Now all I feel is dynamite exploding and the vibration of heavy machinery. As [...]

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DC Judge Restricts The EPA’s Ability To Protect Our Water and Ecosystems

Friday, March 23, 2012

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DC Judge Restricts The EPA’s Ability To Protect Our Water and Ecosystems

I’m outraged by today’s news from DC. Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson has ruled that the EPA exceeded its authority in revoking permits for what could now become West Virginia’s largest mountaintop removal (MTR) mine. Back in January 2011, the EPA vetoed Arch Coal’s permit to mine at the Spruce site,  as it would cause [...]

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Coal River Tree-sitter Sentenced To 7 Days In Jail

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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Coal River Tree-sitter Sentenced To 7 Days In Jail

Direct action is not as glamorous as many would have you believe. Days, weeks, or years in jail or prison is not easy. But fighting to save precious land and communities is damned motivating. Coal River Mountain tree-sitter Catherine-Ann has just been sentenced to seven days in a West Virginia regional jail. Her crime? She [...]

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