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Spruce Mine: Another Nail in the Coffin for Mountaintop Removal

EPA Region 3 Recommends Veto for Biggest Mine Permit in West Virginia
Great news today about the Spruce mine.

Another nail in the coffin for mountaintop removal.  We’re part of a mass grassroots movement using legal, political, community and direct action tactics over and over to end this atrocious practice.   A few weeks ago, it was Appalachia Rising, next week it’ll be Mountain Justice Fall Summit on K

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How Do You Spell Greenwash? P-N-C

The "greenest bank in the business" turns out to be the largest funder of mountaintop removal coal mining in the U.S.
Reposted from the Understory

From Wikipedia:Greenwashing (a portmanteau of “green” and “whitewash”) is a term describing the deceptive use of green PR or green marketing in order to promote a misleading perception that a company’s policies or products (such as goods or services) are environmentally friendly.

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Appalachia Rising Converges on White House in Mass Action

Thousands Call for Abolition of Mountaintop Removal in Action at White House; Over 115 arrested in non-violent civil disobedience.

It was crazy times in our nation’s capitol this last week.  Appalachia Rising, a mass mobilization calling for the abolition of mountaintop removal coal mining, converged thousands of coalfield residents and supporters in Washington D.C. for a conference called "Voices of the Mountains" and a mass march and action.

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RAN Activists Dump Half a Ton of Coal Rubble on Lisa Jackson’s Front Lawn

Anti-Coalistas Cited for "Failure to Remove Dangerous Condition" While Appalachia is Still Pulverized
This morning Rainforest Action Network activists dropped half a ton of coal rubble from Appalachia on the front lawn of the EPA.  This is part of the effort to compel the agency to veto the 2,278-acre Spruce mountaintop mine project in Blair, W.Va., which is the largest mountaintop mine project ever proposed.

The activists were detained and ironically issued citations for “Failure to obey order to remove dangerous condition.”  Of course, the coal industry never gets citations like that after blasting the tops off of mountains in Appalachia.

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Cracks in Big Coal’s Empire

Wall Street and Washington Feeling the Heat
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

Don Blankenship’s empire is crumbling, rapidly.  Mountaintop removal coal mining may well be on it’s way out.  The money’s drying up.  Appalachia is rising in Washington D.C.  And we’re seeing some VERY interesting developments on Wall Street and in Washington.

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Oh Hells Yeah! Anti-MTR Activists Take Action Against Failed Regulatory Agency

Climate Ground Zero Blocks Entrance to DEP Headquarters, Condemn Failed Enforcement
This morning two anti-MTR activists, associated with Climate Ground Zero, locked down in Charleston at the West Virginia Dept. of Environmental Protection offices.

Activists Block Entrance to DEP Headquarters,
Condemn Failed Enforcement

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Wall Street Backs Away From Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Top 4 Banks Bail on Massey Energy
We’ve waged a long hard campaign against Wall Street the past 4 years to stop them from financing mountaintop removal.  Now we’re seeing some results!  Hooray for everyone who joined our work to stop MTR financing.

Top 4 US banks curb loans for destructive practice; Cut financing for Massey Energy

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BREAKING:RAN Activists Send Message to Massey CEO Don Blankenship at the National Press Club: “Your coal is not Clean, Safe or F

Blankenship Confirms that Coal Kills: "I'm a realist...Accidents are unavoidable."

RAN activists just disrupted Massey CEO Don Blankenship’s talk at the National Press Club sending him a strong message:“Your coal is not Clean, Safe or Forever.” They were eventually escorted out by security.

Pictures. Video.

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