Category Archives: Coal River Mountain

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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Day 15: Update from Becks

I am officially down from the tulip poplar I was living in for the past 2 weeks. After a long day yesterday, I was released without bail on my own recognizance–something we never would have imagined happening. Immediately following my descent from the tree, I was arrested by WV State Police and taken to Whitesville […]

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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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Still Time to Oppose the Bee Tree Permit Renewal!

Submit Comments to Stop the Bee Tree Permit Renewal and protect Coal River Mountain  The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection just announced a public hearing on the renewal of the Bee Tree permit, where Becks and Catherine-Ann have been sitting in trees since last Wednesday.  Please show your support for the tree sitters by […]

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Recap of the Tree Sit So Far

Becks and Catherine-Ann have been in their trees for a full week and one day now.  They have weathered severe heat, thunderstorms, and biting insects, but they remain resolute and in high spirits.  They are determined to remain in the trees for as long as they can.  They have succeeded in halting most work and […]

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Tree-Sit Halting Blasting on Coal River Mountain Enters Eighth Day

Sitters Call for End of Strip Mining in Coal River Watershed Marfork, W.Va. – Catherine-Ann MacDougal and Becks Kolins, two protesters associated with the RAMPS Campaign, continue to occupy trees on the Bee Tree surface mine, where they have been stopping work on the mine site since last Wednesday. Their direct supporters, Elias Schewel and […]

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