Bankrupt Alpha Executives' Bonuses Approved

Jan 24, 2016

A bankruptcy court judge has approved Alpha Natural Resources' request for millions in bonuses for their executives. Meanwhile, Alpha plans to cut retiree benefits. This is WRONG. 


Remembering Judy Bonds: 5 Years

Jan 3, 2016

It's hard to believe it's been five years since we lost Judy Bonds to the cancer that is so prevalent in communities near mountaintop removal. There are not enough words to explain what she meant to Coal River Mountain Watch, to the community, and to thousands of activists she inspired. For a taste of that inspiration, watch this memorial video at And then fight harder, and help us keep her fight alive.


Top 12 for 2015

Dec 30, 2015

Wow! What a year it’s been.Here’s a quick summary of 12 major events in 2015, in no particular order:


The Jury Is In

Dec 3, 2015

VERDICT: #Blankenship guilty of conspiracy, not guilty on other two counts

Blankenship guilty of conspiracy, not guilty on other two counts

by Ken Ward Jr., Staff Writer

Junior Walk Addresses Bioneers Conference

Dec 1, 2015

Coal River Mountain Watch outreach coordinator Junior Walk addressed the Bioneers conference in California in October. You can watch his short talk, along with up-close flyover footage of the Brushy Fork sludge dam above his home, at


Coal River Mountain Watch vs United States Department Of The Interior

Nov 30, 2015

Good news. A federal judge ruled against the Dept. of Interior's motion to dismiss our lawsuit. This is over the Office of Surface Mining's determination that "shall" doesn't really mean "shall" and that a state agency can retroactively extend a terminated permit with no legal basis, in this case the Eagle 2 permit on Coal River Mountain. This isn't a ruling on the case itself, but it's good news moving forward.

Thanksgiving And Daily Shopping Can Support Our Work

Nov 21, 2015

Shopping for Thanksgiving? If you shop at any Mid-Atlantic Kroger, you can support our work without spending anything extra.Just sign up for the Kroger Community Rewards program here, have your Kroger card handy, and select Coal River Mountain Watch as the group you want to support. When you use your Kroger card when you shop, Kroger will donate a portion of your purchase to support our work, at no extra cost to you. The more households that participate, the more help we get, so please share with friends and relatives now so those Thanksgiving dinner purchases can support a good cause.