Joseph Hamsher, 22, Sentenced to 20 Days in South West Regional Jail for Lockdown at Massey Regional Headquarters
Coal Rive Mountain is the site of a proposed wind farm. Studies have shown that its ridges have the highest and most productive wind potential.
“As a DC resident receiving my power from Pepco, I am outraged that most of that electricity comes from burning coal, especially from coal f
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – At noon seven people will deliver a letter of concerns and personal statements regarding Massey Energy’s imminent mountaintop removal coal mining on Coal River Mountain to Joe Manchin at the West Virginia Governor’s Mansion. The deliverers have stated that they will refuse to leave until the letter is received and Manchin agrees to the community’s demands. The letter is signed by 13 residents of the Coal River Valley, at least four of whom will be present at today’s event.
Back in the 1980’s and 1990’s forest wars of the Northwest, the false dichotomy that emerged out of that conflict was “jobs vs. the environment.” Loggers, mislead by industry, contended that they couldn’t make a living if environmentalists and government regulators restricted their ability to log old growth forest.
Last week, a trio of West Virginia’s top politicians blasted Massey Energy’s arrogance and blatant disregard for human life after the company stubbornly refused to assist the Raleigh County School District move the school located next to a toxic coal prep plant, toxic waste pond and MTR site. Now Massey is openly discussing moving the school.
WHAT: Actions at the EPA and across the country calling for an end to mountaintop removal
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30
WHERE: Your Town, USA
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; or Mountain Justice at http://mountainjusticesummer.org/contact.php; or call 1-800-989-RAIN