We Object

Apr 28, 2021

WV Dept. of Environmental Protection is holding an online informal conference April 28, 4 PM, to hear objections before they rubberstamp another mountaintop removal permit renewal. If you'd like to participate, the link is at https://apps.dep.wv.gov/meet/S300208. We'll be objecting to renewal of this ongoing blight on our mountain. If you participate in the online hearing, you can voice your objections, or you can ask questions of the WVDEP (at the beginning of the hearing), or you can just watch WVDEP go through their statutory motions before they give multi-billion-dollar coal giant Alpha Metallurgical Resources another five years to continue blasting this part of Coal River Mountain into dust. From WVDEP: "The purpose of the informal conference is to allow comments from those people having an interest which is or may be adversely affected by the Republic Energy, LLC Surface Mine Application Permit No. S300208, Renewal #2, located south of Clear Creek in Clear Fork District of Raleigh County." We say that if you live on Earth, then you have an interest which is adversely affected. And if you care about the people downwind breathing the carcinogenic dust from these site, then you have an interest. Since the WVDEP isn't allowing site visits because of Covid, they sent some pictures. Here are a few.


More Death Approved

Apr 22, 2021

Just in time for #EarthDay2021, WVDEP approved another 1.7 square miles of deadly mountaintop removal on Coal River Mountain. Multi-billion-dollar Alpha Metallurgical Resources will blast this area into carcinogenic dust that will drift into the lungs of neighboring children and adults, and they'll fill the valleys to pollute the streams and river for decades. If you think this is a bad idea, it couldn't hurt to politely tell WVDEP permit supervisor Laura Claypool that she signed a death sentence for neighboring people at Laura.B.Claypool@wv.gov. The permit number is S301419. 


Appalachian Communities Health Emergency Act Introduced

Mar 19, 2021

Appalachian Communities Health Emergency Act introduced


Stop Poisoning Our Community

Dec 15, 2020

Contura Energy (formerly Alpha Natural Resources, formerly Massey Energy) subsidiary Republic Energy has applied for another mountaintop removal permit on Coal River Mountain: 1,085 acres (1.7 square miles) adjacent to their existing 6,555 acres (10.2 square miles) of mountaintop removal and toxic waste sludge dams. This process involves blasting the mountain with ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, releasing clouds of dust, mostly carcinogenic silica, into the communities below. With some neighborhoods enduring the daily equivalent of 20 Tomahawk missiles (which the West Virginia Dept. of Environmental Protection calls a "small blast") and dozens of scientific studies documenting the significant health impacts, coal companies dismiss residents' concerns. Please tell the WVDEP to deny this permit by signing the petition here.


Throwback Thursday: Victory Ten Years Ago

Apr 30, 2020

The big announcement 10 years ago: After 6 years of hard work, from school board meetings to science to protests to a 450-mile walk to arrests to enduring violence and threats, Coal River Mountain Watch and allies succeeded in getting a new school for the kids of Marsh Fork Elementary.


Court: Northern Long-eared Bat Was Unlawfully Denied Endangered Species Protection

Jan 29, 2020

Decimated by Disease, Bat Population Has Declined More Than 90%WASHINGTON— A federal judge on Tuesday overturned a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect northern long-eared bats as threatened rather than endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

When the bat is ultimately listed as an endangered species, it will gain critical protections it was long denied as a threatened species. Once common in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic states as well as in eastern Canada, the species has suffered up to 99% declines in this core range and is now found only in patches across 37 states and all of Canada.


Happy New Year From Coal River Mountain Watch!

Dec 31, 2019

In these last few hours of 2019, we want to say thanks.  Whether volunteering, sharing our posts, or donating, you’ve made it possible to continue our efforts to end mountaintop removal, protect regional health and the global climate, and improve our communities. In both 2018 and 2019, individual donors have provided nearly half of our financial support, and we greatly appreciate it. If you've already donated, thank you! Or if you’d like to chip in a last minute tax-deductible donation to help us hit the ground running in 2020, please do so here. If you’d like to support a specific program, you can donate to