Category Archives: Coal River Mountain

Alpha Poised to Wipe Out Coal River Mountain

Two weeks ago, RAMPS visited Alpha Natural  Resources’  main headquarters in Bristol, VA, to let the company know that we’re very aware of the rash of new permits to mine Coal River Mountain inside and out. By the time those blockading the headquarters had been cut out and the banner-hanger had been retrieved from the […]

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Statement from RAMPS Tree-Sitter Sent to Jail Today

Becks Kolins took a plea deal this morning (10/04) in Raleigh County Magistrate Court. They were sentenced to twenty-four hours beginning this morning. This is what they wrote before being taken to jail: On July 20th, 1 year, 3 months, 15 days ago, I ascended a tree on the Bee Tree Permit of Coal River […]

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Action Alert: Revoke Eagle II permit on Coal River Mountain

action alert from Coal River Mountain Watch. Take Action! Tell the Office of Surface Mining to revoke Alpha’s Eagle II permit. online petition In 2008, the WV Department of Environmental Protection granted Massey Energy a permit for mountaintop removal on Coal River Mountain. This permit allows Massey (now Alpha) to destroy 2000 acres of the […]

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Squirrel’s Pretrial

I was immensely disheartened to hear the magistrate’s flat-out denial of my lawyer’s request that our witnesses be allowed to testify on my behalf. During the past few weeks, I had been strengthened and moved by the willingness of so many people to make personal sacrifices to testify in my trial. Some of the witnesses […]

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Down but not done …

Catherine Ann spent  30 days living in an oak tree in bee tree holler on Coal River Mountain.  On day 30, limited resources necessitated that she descend and continue the fight against strip mining from the ground.   She began her decent in the morning, in the evening she was charged with trespassing and conspiracy and was released on her own […]

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Catherine Ann is Released!

After 30 days of living 80 feet up in an oak tree halting blasting above Bee Tree holler on Coal River Mountain, Catherine Ann has descended from her tree and is heading home. She spent most of the day packing up and carrying down her stuff from the trees in attempts to haul it out […]

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Tree-sit Concludes After Thirty Days of Blocking Work on Coal River Mountain

RAMPS Campaign Vows to Continue Fighting to Save the Mountain Marfork, W.Va.–Catherine-Ann MacDougal is descending her oak tree on Coal River Mountain that she has lived in for the past month in protest of strip mining, and police have been notified.  MacDougal, an activist with the RAMPS Campaign, had been in the oak tree on […]

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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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Whose side is the DEP on?

Yesterday evening, the WVDEP hosted a hearing on the renewal of the Bee Tree mountaintop removal permit on Coal River Mountain and on the proposed new Collins Fork strip mining permit.  This hearing made it abundantly clear whose side the DEP is on – and it’s not our side. jordan freeman on Vimeo. During the […]

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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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