Eyes in the Sky, Boots on the Ground

Sep 23, 2016

Junior Walk made this video today to get a look at the “reclamation” on Alpha Natural Resources’ 2,000-acre Edwight mountaintop removal site on Cherry Pond Mountain above our community. The WV Dept. of Environmental Protection issued a citation to Alpha on Dec. 15 for falling behind on their reclamation schedule, but then gave them an extension until today. From the video, it looks like they still have a long way to go. All that bare rubble puts deadly silica dust into the community’s lungs when there’s a dry day and a little breeze. It seems like more of that bankruptcy money needs to go toward hiring workers to do something about this mess instead of bonuses for executives.


Stand with Maxima; Sign to Oppose Violence against Mountain Defenders

Sep 22, 2016

Paramilitary security personnel employed by Denver-based Newmont Mining's subsidiary Minera Yanacocha have allegedly beaten Maxima Acuna, 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize winner from Peru, and her husband on their own property. Approximately 80 personnel, with shields and helmets, entered the property to destroy the family's potato and yucca patch and assaulted them severely enough to require a trip to the hospital, according to the article at http://tinyurl.com/articleMaxima. Please sign the petition at http://tinyurl.com/petitionMaxima to demand that Newmont respect Maxima's property, ensure her safety and drop their harassing lawsuit against her. Watch and listen to Maxima's moving song in lieu of an acceptance speech at http://tinyurl.com/videoMaxima . Maria Gunnoe, the 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize winner for North America and volunteer for Coal River Mountain Watch, sent the following letter to Newmont:


Rally To Save Coal River Mountain Oct. 17

Sep 10, 2016

Stand with Coal River Mountain Watch and friends to tell the WV Dept. of Environmental Protection to end mountaintop removal coal mining on Coal River Mountain and everywhere. This ongoing process endangers public health with airborne blasting dust, pollutes streams, increases flooding, and deprives communities of traditional use of the mountains and forests. Join us Monday, Oct. 17, at noon at the WV Dept. of Environmental Protection headquarters at 601 57th St. SE, Charleston, WV 25304.

Coal River Mountain has over 5,000 acres of active, approved, or pending mountaintop removal permits. Over two dozen scientific health studies point to mountaintop removal as the culprit in elevated ratess of cancer, heart disease, birth defects, and other causes of early death. WVDEP has passed the buck to the federal government to understand the science in a two-year review of existing studies. In the meantime, coal companies continue to subject residents to the fine and ultrafine silica dust emitted by blasting. WVDEP has said it intends to continue granting permits regardless of the health impacts and the companies' track record of permit condition violations. We call on the WVDEP to withhold new permits unless and until mountaintop removal is proven safe for neighboring communities, and to crack down on operating sites.

Share the invitation and bring a friend! More details will follow, but mark your calendar now!

Alpha MTR permits      
Coal River Mountain Total 5608  
      6542 counting impoundments
Active Acres Subsidiary  
Total 1064 xxx    
Permit #        
S300208 264 Republic Collins Fork
S301712 800 Republic Middle Ridge
Approved Acres Subsidiary  
Total 3136 xxx    
Permit #        
S301004 1096 Marfork Bee Tree (idled)
S302805 2040 Republic Eagle #2  
Pending Acres Subsidiary  
Total 1408 xxx    
Permit #        
S300115 847 Republic Long Ridge #1
S300316 561 Republic Center Contour
S300809 59 Marfork Slipridge Phase 1 release
O012583 289 Republic No name (Workman's Creek/Collins Fork impoundment)
O301095 645 Marfork Brushy Fork impoundment

New Drone Video of Mountaintop Removal on Coal River Mountain

Sep 5, 2016

Here's some drone footage taken Aug. 30, 2016, of the ongoing mountaintop removal on Coal River Mountain. Alpha Natural Resources, which recently emerged from bankruptcy, has over 5,000 acres of mountaintop removal permits on our mountain active, approved, or pending. Nearly everything you see here is either permitted or awaiting a decision. Watch the video at  https://vimeo.com/180897950


Support Frontlines for Free

Aug 30, 2016

Protect Appalachian communities’ health, mountains, and water without paying an extra penny when you shop at Mid-Atlantic Kroger stores. Just take a minute to link your Kroger Plus shopper’s card to Coal River Mountain Watch when you sign up at www.tinyurl.com/CRMWkroger. Kroger donates based on how much enrollees purchase, at no added cost to you. Sign up today at www.tinyurl.com/CRMWkroger and share with friends and family!


Classical Composition: Coal River Mountain-An Aerial View

Aug 17, 2016

Our friend Rikki Bell composed this moving string quartet piece entitled "Coal River Mountain-An Aerial View." Performed by Jennifer Choi-Violin, Mary Rowell-Violin, Jessica Meyer-Viola, and Ashley Bathgate-Cello, this composition adds a missing artistic piece to the struggle against mountaintop removal, reminding us of the ancient grandeur of this majestic mountain of which we are a part. Enjoy this beautiful music at http://tinyurl.com/CRMmusic and share it, along with our cause, with your friends. Rikki says this about the 3-part piece:


Protect West Virginia's Precious Water

Aug 7, 2016

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is proposing to weaken water quality standards. Please sign our petition at http://tinyurl.com/petitionWVwater and come out to give comments this Tuesday, 6:00 PM at WVDEP headquarters in Charleston.