Posts Tagged with "west virginia"

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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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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Strip Mining Appalachia’s History

Thursday, February 9, 2012

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Strip Mining Appalachia’s History

We’re starting hear rumblings that Arch Coal might be preparing to begin mountaintop removal coal mining operations on historic Blair Mountain. Blair Mountain is the site of the second largest armed insurrection in U.S. history (after the civil war.) In 1921, 10,000 miners fought an army of coal company thugs on Blair Mountain who were [...]

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New Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Clean Water Act – In Mountaintop Removal States

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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New Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Clean Water Act – In Mountaintop Removal States

A new poll released yesterday of likely voters in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia shows widespread opposition to mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining and overwhelming support for enforcement of the Clean Water Act to better protect rivers and streams from the impacts of MTR. In a statement that accompanies the release, the pollsters said: [...]

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Tree-Sit Stops Mountaintop Removal Blasting on Coal River

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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Tree-Sit Stops Mountaintop Removal Blasting on Coal River

I love the smell of direct action in the morning. Last week, I was part of Earth First! and Northern Rockies Rising Tide taking over the governor of Montana’s offices in protest of tar sands development, and this morning, the RAMPS Campaign put a couple of tree-sitters up on Coal River Mountain to stop mountaintop [...]

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Massey’s Dearly Departed

Thursday, June 30, 2011

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Massey’s Dearly Departed

“When you decide to be something, you can be it. That’s what they don’t tell you in the church. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I’m saying to you is this: when you’re facing a loaded gun, what’s the difference?” -Frank Costello, The Departed What [...]

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The Last Mountain

Thursday, June 16, 2011

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The Last Mountain

A new must-see movie is out about the anti-mountaintop removal movement. Featuring Robert F. Kennedy Jr., “The Last Mountain” focuses on the issues of mountaintop removal and hard work of many people inside and outside the coalfields of Appalachia fighting to end it. The film has gotten a lot of attention, to the point where [...]

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Defending Appalachian History

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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Defending Appalachian History

“The corporations take advantage of people in Appalachia, and this is happening all over Appalachia, not just West Virginia… We have to save one mountain at a time.” -Psera Newman, Lexington KY Billy Bragg sings about there being power in a union. But after the past week, I see that there is power not just [...]

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The March on Blair Mountain Begins

Monday, June 6, 2011

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The March on Blair Mountain Begins

Despite threats and intimidation by King Coal’s supporters, 600 courageous marchers kicked off a five-day march from Marmet, WV to Blair Mountain. Blair Mountain was the site of the second largest armed insurrection (after the Civil War) in U.S. history when, in 1921, 8,000-10,000 miners fighting for union rights took up arms against hired coal [...]

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