Judy Bonds Said, "Fight Harder And Finish Them Off"


Aug 27, 2015

Today would have been Judy Bonds’ 63rd birthday.                                           We miss her every day, but especially today. Before cancer took her from us, she stood at the forefront of the movement to end mountaintop removal and inspired activists throughout Appalachia and beyond.

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Mountaintop Removal Blasting Above Coal River Communities


Aug 17, 2015

Mountaintop removal is far from over, and bankrupt Alpha Natural Resources continues to force toxic blasting dust into the air our people breathe. On August 13, Coal River Mountain Watch staff Junior Walk and Vernon Haltom took a reporter up on Coal River Mountain for a view of Alpha's Edwight mountaintop removal site on Cherry Pond Mountain above the communities of Naoma, Pettry Bottom, Sundial, and Edwight. As soon as we got to a good vantage point, Alpha set off two blasts. We watched as the dust and blasting residue drifted straight down into Pettry Bottom and Sundial and into the air that babies, children, senior citizens, and everyone else would be breathing. What we can't see and don't know is the full range of the fine and ultrafine dust, which may remain concentrated for several miles according to scientists.

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Alpha Natural Resources Files For Bankruptcy


Aug 7, 2015

Bankruptcy doesn't mean they stop blowing up mountains and poisoning communities.

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Public Hearing July 7 for New Mountaintop Removal Application On Coal River Mountain


Jun 30, 2015

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Federal Agency Wants Mountaintop Removal Health Review


Jun 6, 2015

According to an article in the Charleston Gazette, "The federal Office of Surface Mining plans to recommend that the National Academy of Sciences review a series of studies that have found that residents living near mountaintop removal mining operations face increased risks of serious illnesses and premature death." http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150605/GZ01/150609468/1419

Dear Sec. Jewell,
 
You were quoted today in the Charleston Gazette as being willing to meet with citizens living near large-scale strip mines and hear our concerns, if you are invited to do so.

On behalf of Coal River Mountain Watch, a citizens' group opposing mountaintop removal and the resulting health impacts, I invite you to do so. You can see a mountaintop removal site that is not groomed as a show site, meet the people whose lives are threatened by this deadly practice, and hear our proposal for a "time out" for new permits unless and until mountaintop removal is proven safe for those of us who breathe the fallout. We feel that a health study review, without a pause on new permits, only drags out the time that our people are forced to breathe the deadly blasting dust from these sites. The Precautionary Principle dictates that people be protected until this process is proven to be safe.

At Coal River Mountain Watch, we provide frequent tours to reporters, student groups, and others who are interested in the coal industry's impacts to our communities. In a few short hours, you can visit an active mountaintop removal site above a community and visit the Upper Big Branch memorials just minutes from our office. We would take you to the old Marsh Fork Elementary School (400 yards downstream from a Massey-now-Alpha 2.8-billion-gallon sludge dam, 225 feet from a coal silo, and surrounded by a 2,000-acre mountaintop removal site) and the new Marsh Fork Elementary. The new school doesn't have those hazards yet, but Alpha is proposing new mountaintop removal upstream of the school.
 
 
The federal Office of Surface Mining plans to recommend that the National Academy of Sciences review a series of studies that have found that residents living near mountaintop removal mining operations face increased risks of serious illnesses and premature death. - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150605/GZ01/150609468/1419#sthash.txbaNAu4.dpuf
The federal Office of Surface Mining plans to recommend that the National Academy of Sciences review a series of studies that have found that residents living near mountaintop removal mining operations face increased risks of serious illnesses and premature death. - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150605/GZ01/150609468/1419#sthash.txbaNAu4.dpuf
The federal Office of Surface Mining plans to recommend that the National Academy of Sciences review a series of studies that have found that residents living near mountaintop removal mining operations face increased risks of serious illnesses and premature death. - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150605/GZ01/150609468/1419#sthash.txbaNAu4.dpuf
The federal Office of Surface Mining plans to recommend that the National Academy of Sciences review a series of studies that have found that residents living near mountaintop removal mining operations face increased risks of serious illnesses and premature death. - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150605/GZ01/150609468/1419#sthash.txbaNAu4.dpuf
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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: https://www.state-assist.com/cause/1504599/judy-bonds-center

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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, Thomas.E.Wood@wv.gov, to tell him that you oppose the many hazards that would come with permit S300115, or send a letter to the address below. Thanks!
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