Category Archives: Coal River Mountain

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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Open Letter to Alpha Natural Resources

The following open letter from the tree sitters (Catherine-Ann MacDougal and Becks Kolins) and their ground support (Elias Schewel and Junior Walk) is part of an ongoing dialogue between the RAMPS Campaign, local residents, and Alpha Natural Resources.  Two months ago, the RAMPS Campaign organized a meeting between eight local residents,  including Junior, and Alpha […]

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Who are the Outside Agitators?

Post-arrest statement of Elias Schewel I have had the chance to recuperate after our hike in, set up and eventual arrest and now want to broadcast some of my initial reflections from the experience. Junior and I were out of water and food, and the sweltering heat meant that we were drinking water meant for […]

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“Putting My Body in the Way”

Post-Arrest Statement from Junior Walk Some folks would like to say that me getting myself arrested to help get this tree sit up was a selfless or heroic action. I know better than that. I did what I did for selfish reasons: my water, my family, my land, my people. The brave young activists that […]

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Tree Sit on Coal River Mountain – Day Five Update

Coal River Mountain Tree Sit Continues Through Day 5! Catherine Ann MacDougal and Becks Kolins continue to sit 80 feet up in their trees, halting mining in a large portion of the Bee Tree Permit on Coal River Mountain in West Virginia. The sitters had a beautiful morning of cool breezes, followed by thunderstorms this […]

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Honoring Judy Bonds

“I want you to notice nature, how geese are in flight and they form a V in a leadership role…The lead goose, when he gets tired of flapping his wings, he drops to the back and the next goose comes up front. Without stopping, without fussing, without whining. He becomes that next leader, he or […]

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New Study Shows Elevated Poverty Rates Near Mine Sites

Heightened Poverty in Appalachia Where Mining Occurs A WVU study was just released showing the elevated poverty rates in Appalachia near mine sites. This is one on top of many recent studies showing the immensely devastating impacts of mountaintop removal mining and strip mining. Hyndryx who helped write the recent WVU study wrote “The study establishes […]

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Tree Sit on Coal River Mountain: Day Four Update

Day 4: Blasting + Work Continues to be Halted. Two tree sitters, Becks Kolins and Catherine Ann MacDougal, are continuing to halt work and blasting on a significant portion of the Bee Tree surface mine. Both sitters remain in high spirits. Catherine Ann sent us the following update this morning: “Had a very fetal awakening […]

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EPA’s New Guidance Won’t Stop Strip Mining on Coal River Mountain

Yesterday, the EPA released a new water quality guidance to reduce the environmental and public health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia.  This guidance essentially defines the process through which the EPA will evaluate valley fill permit applications, minimize impacts on streams, enforce water pollution guidelines, and use its authority to veto permits. […]

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Tree Sit on Coal River Mountain Day Three Update

Today was another hot and humid day on Coal River Mountain.  The tree sitters remained in good spirits.  During the day 2 baby bears visited near the trees, which was a highlight for Becks and Catherine-Ann. In the late afternoon, security approached the trees to inform the sitters that a blast was about to go […]

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