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:

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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.

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Federal Mountaintop Removal Health Study Announced


Aug 3, 2016

WASHINGTON – The US Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has announced that it is funding an “independent examination of existing research concerning the potential correlation between increased human health risks and living near surface coal mine sites in Central Appalachia.” The $1 million study, to be conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, will take two years and comes at the request of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP). WVDEP made the request in 2015 after mounting pressure from the Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) campaign and allied groups to halt new mountaintop removal coal mining permits. The groups organized the “People’s Foot” rally event in March 2015 at the WVDEP headquarters in Charleston, W.Va., to demand that no new permits be issued until a federal study determines conclusively that mountaintop removal does not pose a public health threat.  

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July 23 Flyover of Coal River Mountain


Jul 26, 2016

On July 23, Southwings (http://www.southwings.org) volunteer pilot Tom White provided a flyover so that we could get an aerial look at Alpha Natural Resources' mountaintop removal operations on Coal River Mountain and a peek at reclamation progress on neighboring Cherry Pond Mountain. Here are some photos from the flight. The ridge comprising most of the 561-acre Center Contour permit area. The black liquid and dam is the old Collins Fork impoundment.

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Coal River Mountain Hearing on New Destruction


Jul 26, 2016

On July 12, CRMW staff, interns, volunteers, and other members attended the “informal conference” public hearing held by the WV Dept. of Environmental Protection to voice our opposition to Alpha's new "Center Contour" mountaintop removal permit application. CRMW co-director Debbie Jarrell handed the DEP representative over 1,200 petition signatures opposing the permit.

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New Mountaintop Removal Site Visit June 28, 2016


Jun 29, 2016

On June 28, Coal River Mountain Watch's Vernon Haltom and interns Michelle Muska, Ashley Le, and J-sav Savino went on a site visit of the new permit (S300316) proposed by Alpha Natural Resources on Coal River Mountain. We were accompanied by WV Dept. of Environmental Protection and Alpha personnel. Please sign and share our petition to stop this destruction at http://www.tinyurl.com/petitioncrm. Please also consider attending the public hearing ("informal conference") July 12, 2016, at Marsh Fork Elementary School in Rock Creek, WV, to state your opposition to this public health hazard.

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Video and Petition: Save Coal River Mountain


Jun 20, 2016

Just watch this new video. https://vimeo.com/171209724 Do you think the communities of Coal River Mountain, the health of the citizens, and the striking beauty are worth saving? We do. So after you watch the video (or before, we're not picky), please sign the petition to save it from bankrupt Alpha Natural Resources' proposed 561-acre "Center Contour" mountaintop removal site. http://tinyurl.com/petitioncrm

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