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Breaking:Activists Stop Strip Mining Machine on Coal River Mountain

Four lock themselves to equipment to stop MTR operations

It was usually around July you could go up there and sit and it was like the annual bear gathering up there… The whole area was full of laurels. The bears had tunnels through them, it was so thick…What’s going on today you know with the Brushy Fork of course, that whole area has just about been stripped out now, and that’s all been taken away.” Ed Wiley on Coal River Mountain.

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EPA’s New Guidelines Promising Strict Enforcement of Mountaintop Removal…. Not So Strict

EPA Approves Pine Creek Permit Allowing for More Destruction
I’m pissed off and ready for a fight.  King Coal drives all over Appalachia’s land and people like Keith Richards on a five day bender, and the EPA gives them the keys to the liquor cabinet.

How long before the compromisers at the EPA and in the Obama administration figure out that there is no kinder gentler version of mountaintop removal coal mining.

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Appalachia Rising: Mobilize to End Mountaintop Removal!

Join the Anti-MTR Movement in September 25 – 27, 2010, Washington DC
Today, a coalition of coalfield residents and organizations held a press conference in Charleston, WV announcing a mass mobilization, called “Appalachia Rising” in Washington D.C. to “mobilize to end mountaintop removal.”

Below is their vision statement.

Appalachia Rising:

Mobilize to End Mountaintop Removal!

September 25 – 27, 2010, Washington DC

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Lexington Protest Shames PNC’s Mountaintop Removal Financing

PNC Bank is the biggest US financier of Appalachian mountain destruction
Lexington Protest Shames PNC’s Mountaintop Removal Financing

PNC Bank is the biggest US financier of Appalachian mountain destruction

LEXINGTON, KY – Concerned citizens rallied in downtown Lexington today to express their anger at PNC Bank for financing mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining. Local activists were joined by members of the group Mountain Justice and residents from mountaintop communities, who spoke out about the direct impact that this destructive form of mining has on their community, health and environment.

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Activists Send Message at Massey Energy Hearing: “Coal is Dangerous”

Blankenship Appears Before Senate Committee Defending Safety Violations
Activists Send Message at Massey Energy Hearing: Coal is Dangerous

Washington, D.C. (5/20/10)— Today activists with the Rainforest Action Network attended the 2:00pm Massey Energy hearing before the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee. RAN activists were present to ensure that Massey’s controversial CEO, Don Blankenship, was held accountable for his role in the April 5, 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion where 29 miners tragically died.

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Two Activists Arrested Disrupting Coal Giant Massey Energy's Shareholder's Meeting

Banner Saying "Stop Putting Profits Over People" Deployed in Meeting
Activists disrupted the annual general meeting of criminal corporation Massey Energy this morning in Richmond, VA. Two of the group were arrested as they demanded an end to Massey’s reckless disregard for human life, community health, and the environment.

As shareholders entered their meeting in the main ballroom of the sheik Jefferson Hotel, activists occupied the adjacent rotunda, chanting loudly and draping a massive banner over the ornate mezzanine railings. The 10’ x 10’ hand-painted banner read, “Massey – Stop Putting Profits Over People!”
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Two Anti-MTR Non-Violent Activists in West Virginia Held on $100,000 bail each

Activists Given Outrageous Bails While Criminal CEO Blankenship Walks Free
It’s pretty outrageous that a criminal thug like Massey CEO Don Blankenship walks around free (going to the Massey Shareholder’s Meeting tomorrow,) while two non-violent anti-MTR activists are held on $100,000 bail each. I think it and say it over and over, but the criminal justice system there is so corrupted by Big Coal is just makes me sick at heart.

If you want to support them, please donate to the legal fund.

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Climate Ground Zero Blockades Coal Giant Massey's HQ in West Virginia

“Stop Putting Profits Over People & Mountains,” say Protestors Blocking Road to Massey Regional HQ in Boone County

UPDATE: Blockade is down.  Activists in custody.

Read the letter from the blockaders to Massey shareholders.

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