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Hundreds confront Big Coal in St. Louis

Our friends at the Midwest Rising! Convergence for Climate and Economic Justice protested outside the headquarters of Arch Coal and Peabody Energy, as well as a Bank of America Branch, one of Peabody’s financial partners, in St. Louis, Mo., Monday. They were demanding that Arch not destroy Blair Mountain and end mountaintop removal, that Bank of […]

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26 Days in the Trees!

Catherine-Ann is still going strong after 25 days. She says “The more time goes by, the fainter grows my desire for the luxuries of the ground, and the more comfortable i become with this peaceful, contemplative life in a tree.” She is enjoying all the creatures she has seen! Yesterday she was once again graced […]

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Finishing Up Week 3!

Today marks the end of the third week of the tree-sit on Coal River Mountain.  Catherine-Ann remains in her oak tree in good spirits and with no plans to come down. As Catherine-Ann stops blasting in Bee Tree hollow, locals are gearing up for the permit hearing this evening on the renewal of the Bee […]

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August 8 – National Call In Day to Protect Coal River Watershed

On Monday, August 8th, tell the Department of Environmental Protection to deny the Bee Tree Renewal Permit and prohibit future strip mining in the Coal River Watershed. On Tuesday August 9th, local residents are gearing up for an important hearing on the renewal of the Bee Tree permit and the proposed Collins Fork Remediation Project, […]

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Living in Trees and Fighting Injustice

Becks Kolins writes about fighting to protect the Coal River Watershed and their experience coming down from living 80 feet up in a poplar tree, being arrested and taken into the jail system. Becks spent 14 days in the trees with Catherine Ann, who still remains in her tree and intends to stay put. Becks plans […]

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Hearing on Strip Mining Coal River Mountain

As Catherine-Ann continues to occupy her tree on the Bee Tree permit (16 days!), local residents are gearing up for an important hearing next Tuesday on the renewal of the Bee Tree permit and the proposed new Collins Fork Remediation Project, a strip mine on the other side of the mountain. The hearing will be […]

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Tree-Sit on Coal River Mountain Continues after One Sitter Arrested

UPDATED 5:00 pm 8.2.11:  Becks Kolins has been released without bail after being charged with trespassing, conspiracy and littering. Marfork, W.Va. – Becks Kolins, who has been occupying a tree on the Bee Tree permit on Coal River Mountain for the last two weeks, descended the tree voluntarily and was arrested this afternoon by the […]

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The Real Deal on Coal River Mountain

Post by Rob Goodwin On July 26, in conjunction with local protest of the renewal of the 1,095 acre Bee Tree strip mining permit on Coal River Mountain, we performed a citizens’ inspection of the Bee Tree site, owned by Marfork Coal Company, a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources.  Allies Ernie Thompson of Horse Creek, WV, […]

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Update After Day 12

Monday marks 13 days in the trees for Becks Kolins and Catherine Ann MacDougal.  They remain in high spirits, their main hardship seems to be staying occupied on their small platforms day after day.  They have been spending time at one another’s platforms, and earlier this week received strong enough cell phone service to do […]

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Tree Sit on Coal River Mountain: Day Ten Update

Day Ten of Coal River Mountain Tree Sit As of today, the tree-sit on Coal River Mountain has become the longest tree-sit in West Virginia history. Becks Kolins and Catherine Ann MacDougal have been in their trees for ten days and are determined to remain, despite the extreme heat and bugs. Although the tree-sit itself […]

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