Massey’s Dearly Departed

Feds Say Massey Fabricated Safety Reports at Upper Big Branch

When you decide to be something, you can be it. That's what they don't tell you in the church. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?

-Frank Costello, The Departed

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Coal Export Madness Spreading to Oregon

Will Big Coal Move to Build Coal Terminals in Oregon?

Coal companies are bound and determined to get that dirty black rock out of the Powder River Basin and send it over to Asian markets to line their pockets. While the EPA is pressing for stricter regulations on coal plants and the anti-coal movement stops new coal fired power plants from being built and existing coal plants from having their lives extended, coal companies like Arch Coal, Ambre Energy and Peabody Energy are looking at Japan, China and India for new markets.

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Defending Appalachian History

A Thousand March on Blair Mountain

The corporations take advantage of people in Appalachia, and this is happening all over Appalachia, not just West Virginia… We have to save one mountain at a time.
-Psera Newman, Lexington KY

Billy Bragg sings about there being power in a union. But after the past week, I see that there is power not just in unions, but in unity.

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Coalfield Residents Meet with CEO of Alpha Natural Resources

Agree to disagree on some issues but hopeful for the beginning of a productive dialogue

More Coal Along the Columbia River

Ambre Energy Seeks to Build Coal Export Way Station in Boardman, OR
This week the Port of Morrow Commission (located in Boardman, OR) announced that they had agreed to a lease with Salt Lake City based Ambre Energy for the construction of a new coal terminal on the Columbia River.

The terminal will be used to upload Powder River Basin coal to barges to be shipped down river to Longview, WA. In Longview, the coal will be sent to Asian markets for combustion.

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People Power Works and We're Taking It to Blair Mountain

Dozens of groups plan march and action to end mountaintop removal coal mining

Gandhi. King. Eastern Europe. Seattle. Latin America.  People powered non-violent, yet confrontational, movements make historical change. We're now in the midst of another groundswell of people power. As we've seen in Egypt, Tunisia and the U.S. Mid-West, peaceful protest and non-violent direct action have led the way.

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