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Seattle Loves Mountains (Not King Coal or His Dirty Bankers at Chase)

Activists Put Chase Under Siege in Seattle
This weekend, Seattle activists tired of watching big banks ruin the global economy and the planet had an action at a Chase branch in Seattle.

Chase is currently the biggest U.S. funder of mountaintop removal.

Here’s a reportback from activist Duff Badgley:



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Chicago Loves Mountains (not King Coal or his Wall Street bankers at Chase)

Chicago RAN Activists Jam Chase’s Brand

Activists with RAN Chicago attached a banner to Chase's HQ in downtown Chicago.  This was part of an escalating campaign in the Windy City to expose Chase's financing of destructive mountaintop coal mining in central Appalachia. 

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King Coal’s Top Lobbyist to Meet Obama

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin Advocating to Save Mountaintop Removal
The coal industry's top lobbyist, WV Gov. Joe Manchin, is scheduled to meet President Obama and Vice-President Biden with ten other governors on the issue of energy.  

Manchin has been a major obstacle in ending mountaintop removal (MTR) in West Virginia and rails publicly against Obama's Environmental Protection Agency taking stronger action to regulate and ban the practice.  
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King Coal Sues Coal River MountainTree-Sitters in Federal Court

As campaign escalates so do the legal battles

The nine day Coal River Mountain tree-sit that ended on Friday has entered a new phase. Mining giant Massey Energy has filed for a temporary restraining order (TRO) in federal court and sued five activists that were part of the action for $75,000 in damages. Ken Ward from the WV Gazette posted the opinion here.

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Nine-Day Tree Sit Ends at Coal River Mountain

Sitters Vow Not Over Until Blasting Stops

After enduring over a week of ice and rain, mind-numbing noise abuse and harassment by Massey security, Eric and Amber came down today. The Climate Ground Zero tree sitters vowed that the fight to save Coal River Mountain and stop mountaintop removal is far from over.

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Tree Sitters Occupying Coal River Mountain

It’s ON! This is how 2010 begins in the Coal River Valley, with a non-violent bang not a whimper.

After almost a year of sustained direct actions in southern West Virginia, three Climate Ground Zero activists scaled trees to stop blasting on Coal River Mountain. David Aaron Smith, 23, Amber Nitchman, 19 and Eric Blevins, 28 are on platforms approximately 60 feet up three tulip poplar trees. They are located next to where Massey Energy is blasting to build an access road to the Brushy Fork Impoundment on its Bee Tree Strip Mine.

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Hundreds Rally to Save Coal River Mountain Today

Robert F. Kennedy Joins Coalfield Residents at WV Dept. of Environmental Protection

Today over 300 coalfield residents and their allies rallied to stop the blasting of Coal River Mountain and to transition to a clean energy future at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.  Coal River Mountain, the site of a proposed wind farm if blasting can be halted, has become a line in the sand in the fight against mountaintop removal coal mining.

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