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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Recent Flyover Videos of Coal River Mountain


Nov 29, 2019

A picture is worth a thousand words, but a video captures even more of the experience. In these recent drone videos, CRMW outreach coordinator Junior Walk presents a bird's eye view of the mountaintop removal on Coal River Mountain, including a blast and resulting dust cloud drifting into the neighboring community. Read on and click on the links to view them. And please consider a tax-deductible donation to support our work at https://secure.givelively.org/donate/coal-river-mountain-watch.

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Tadpole Project Cleanup Saturday Sept 21


Sep 19, 2019

The Tadpole Project's monthly cleanup will be this Saturday, Sept. 21, cleaning up the Little Falls area of the Marsh Fork in Naoma. Volunteers can meet up at 10 AM across the street from the Naoma Post Office on Route 3, 7503 Coal River Road. Gloves, bags, and snacks are provided. For more details, call at 304-854-2182 or email coalriver@crmw.net. For clean streams and community pride!

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College Students Tour Active Mountaintop Removal


Aug 7, 2019

On July 22, 2019, a group of graduate students from Eastern Mennonite University visited Coal River Mountain Watch, saw our facilities, asked a lot of good questions, learned about our work, and saw active mountaintop removal up close. Really close. The group leader said, "Thank you so much for spending time with us yesterday and giving us such insight into your community and the issues and struggles you face.  It affected us all deeply and we will remember your message for a long, long time." If you would like to bring a student group, civic group, or other group for a visit and tour, or if you'd like a speaker to come address your class/group in person or via Skype, please contact our office at coalriver@crmw.net.

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