Please Vote For The Judy Bonds Center For Appalachian Preservation

May 14, 2015

Coal River Mountain Watch's cause Judy Bonds Center is competing for one of 40 $25,000 grants from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program.  Voting is May 14 and runs through June 3.  Facebook users may cast 10 votes per day each day during the voting period, and each vote can be for the same cause if so desired.  You can cast all 10 times at once here:


New Mountaintop Removal Application For Coal River Mountain

May 5, 2015

New mountaintop removal application on Coal River Mountain, 847 acres that we expect to be followed by another 1,200 acres or so. We'll post more details soon.  Mountaintop removal kills people. Please help us build resistance to this next assault. Standing up to Alpha, the world's third largest metallurgical coal supplier, takes time and money. Please share and help out with a donation of $10 or more. Also, please email the WVDEP permit supervisor,, to tell him that you oppose the many hazards that would come with permit S300115, or send a letter to the address below. Thanks!
Monday, April 27, 2015 @ 3:06 PM


Report From Jeff Biggers : CREDO Launches National Drive To End Cancer-Linked Mountaintop Removal Mining

Apr 13, 2015

Calling for a "national, coordinated response to the humanitarian disaster of mountaintop removal mining," CREDO Action launched an extraordinary petition drive this past weekend for Congress to pass the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act (ACHE Act) and place an immediate moratorium on "the deadliest and most destructive form of coal mining." Within 24 hours, over 50,000 signatures had joined the campaign.


Two Crayfishes Threatened By Mountaintop-removal Mining In West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia Proposed For Endangered Species List

Apr 6, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— In response to a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service todayproposed to protect two species of crayfish from Appalachia under the Endangered Species Act. The crayfishes have been lost from more than half of their ranges because of water pollution, primarily from coal mining. The Big Sandy crayfish is known only from the Big Sandy River basin in eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia and southern West Virginia; the Guyandotte River crayfish is known only from the Guyandotte River basin in southern West Virginia

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Legal Action Taken To Protect West Virginia From Lax Oversight Of Mountaintop- Removal Coal Mining

Mar 17, 2015

For Immediate Release, March 17, 2015
Legal Action Taken to Protect West Virginia From Lax Oversight of Mountaintop- Removal Coal MiningState Agency’s Failure to Enforce Law Endangers People, EnvironmentCHARLESTON, W.Va.— Seven local, regional and national groups today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Office of Surface Mining for failing to intervene on West Virginia’s lax oversight of mountaintop-removal and other destructive surface coal mining — a state program that has, for decades, allowed the coal industry to ravage the environment, putting people at risk and destroying local communities.


Put Your Foot Down! No More Mountaintop Removal Permits!

Mar 12, 2015

  Come join us Monday, March 16, at the WV Dept. of Environmental Protection headquarters next to Kanawha Mall at 57th and MacCorkle in Charleston, WV.  We're demanding that the WVDEP acknowledge the many scientific studies showing that mountaintop removal is deadly to the people in our communities, and stop issuing permits accordingly. 


Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) Act Reintroduced

Feb 12, 2015