Archive for mountain top removal

Equal Treatment Under the Law ::wink wink::

Posted in Save Appalachia with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2009 by ezlnwv

Seventeen people were arrested May the 23rd in a series of protests against coal industry abuses. In one of  three direct actions, two protestors paddled a raft into the middle of Massey’s Brushy Fork impoundment and draped a banner, which read “West Virginia Says No More Toxic Sludge,” across the coal black cesspool of sludge. Obviously the protestors were charged with trespassing, but you will never guess with what else they were cited. Read on.

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The Fight Against MTR, Round-up #4

Posted in Save Appalachia with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2009 by ezlnwv

Just last week, the bill H.R. 1310, which will effectively ban mountaintop removal/valley fill mining, was introduced to the House by Rep. Frank Pallone [NJ], Rep. John Yarmuth [KY] and Rep. Reichert [WA-R], with 116 co-sponsors.  

Jeff Biggers of the Huffington Post wrote a great piece about the new legislation: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-biggers/black-waters-no-more-clea_b_171793.html

At the end of this post  is a list of the co-sponsors. If your delegate is not on the list, PLEASE contact him or her using the Congressional switchboard: toll free, 800.828.0498.

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Outsiders

Posted in Save Appalachia with tags , , , , on March 1, 2009 by ezlnwv

There are two very distinct groups of outsiders who are active in the coalfields. The first group comes in heed of the call of Mammon, to make a quick buck by destroying mountains and taking away their coal. The second group is here only because of the first; it comes in heed of the call of citizens who have reached out in desperation  to save their homelands.

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Mike Roselle is a Threat to the Powers That (shouldn’t) Be

Posted in Save Appalachia, Social and Political Commentary with tags , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2009 by ezlnwv

Coal River Mountain is the only mountain left largely intact in South-Central West Virginia. It is the mountain in the background of the blog title and the subject of my post A Scenic Wonderland.  It is also under attack.

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Appeals Court Reverses Ban on Mountain Top Removal

Posted in Save Appalachia with tags , , , , on February 13, 2009 by ezlnwv

In 2007, when Federal District Judge Robert Chambers ordered an injunction on valley fills because they violate the Clean Water Act, Dorsey Green, who lived next to one of the blocked fills, was ecstatic.

“I am so thankful for this ruling. I’ve been a coal miner my whole life and this valley fill would have destroyed my homeplace and everything I have worked for. This ruling will restore my sleep – and my retirement years.”

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Nick Joe Rahall

Posted in Save Appalachia with tags , , , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by ezlnwv
The Water in Rawl, WV

The Water in Rawl, WV

“This is my tap water.  I’m unemployed and can’t afford to buy any water.  I’m worrying now every day daily that I’m going to die.  I’ve asked a lot of the people around if they would watch out for my kids, you know … if I do die.” – Kenneth Stroud, Rawl, WV

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King Coal is a Poor Liar

Posted in Save Appalachia with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2009 by ezlnwv

Coal industry interests pillage and plunder boldly. And they justify their actions with arguments that are blatantly absurd.

Take, for example, the massive billboards Cat Walker has erected along Interstate Highways in West Virginia. Cat Walker is a major supplier of the mammoth machines operated on mountain top removal sites. On their billboards, in huge bold letters are the words: “Coal, clean carbon neutral.”

Really? Coal without carbon? Carbón (the spanish word for coal and carbon) sin carbón?

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