Category Archives: Press Release

No Business as Usual at Alpha Headquarters

Activists Blockade Alpha Natural Resources Three activists demanding an end to mountaintop removal, block entrance to corporate office, stop business as usual. June 20, 2014 — Bristol, VA. Three activists with Mountain Justice and Radical Action for Mountains and People’s Survival (RAMPS) are currently stopping business as usual at Alpha Natural Resources headquarters in Bristol, […]

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Activists Boat onto Sludge Pond; Confront Gov. Tomblin on Dangers of Coal Sludge

Click here to see more pictures of both actions. UPDATE 4:00 p.m.: Our two boaters were arrested by the State Police but released without bail on trespassing citations! Welcome home Ricki and Heather! UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: The protestor in Charleston has been cut out of the barrel, spilling coal slurry on the steps of the […]

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Alpha HQ Shut Down by Demonstrators, Tank of Dirty Water

For Immediate Release 5/24/13 Contact: Charles Suggs, 304-986-5080, charle[email protected]   Alpha Headquarters Shut Down By Demonstrators Locked to Tank of Dirty Water Residents Protest Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, Health Impacts and Sludge Expansion BRISTOL, VA.— Three residents of Central Appalachia and supporters with Mountain Justice chained themselves to an industrial tank of black water in […]

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Activists Disrupt Arch Coal Corporate HQ

UPDATE 4:41 pm CST: All activists have been removed after disrupting business as usual at Arch Coal for over 6 hours.  We are still waiting on final confirmation of bail and charges. What a great day! UPDATE: 3:27 pm CST: One activist is still locked down. The corrected bail amount is $1,000. UPDATE 2:51 pm […]

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Release: Largest MTR mine shut down!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 28, 2012 Contact: Charles Suggs, 304-449-NVDA (6832), [email protected] Talking Points document: http://rampscampaign.org/key-messages-of-mountain-mobilization/ “Mountain Mobilization” shuts down Lincoln Co. strip mine Call for end to strip mining and a just transition for the region’s families Charleston, W.Va.—More than 50 protesters affiliated with the R.A.M.P.S. Campaign have walked onto Patriot Coal’s Hobet mine […]

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Pro-Mountain Activists Block MTR Haul Road; Board Barge; Arrests Made

Five arrested blocking coal barge shipment with $10k bail, none arrested blocking haul road EPA, DEP, USGS make surprise visit to Kayford Mountain and haul road blockade FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24 May 2012 Contact: Robert Livingston, 304.731.1740 http://action.mountainjustice.org Twitter: @CoalIsFilthy UPDATE: Joseph, Loeb and MacDougal were charged with trespass asked to leave and obstruction, both […]

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Pro-mountain activists board coal barge and blockade Kayford strip mine haul road

Follow coverage at http://action.mountainjustice.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, May 24, 2012 Contact: Robert Livingston 304.731.1740 http://action.mountainjustice.org Note: Photos available within 1 – 2 hours. KAYFORD, W.Va. –Mountain Justice and RAMPS activists blocked coal transport in two locations Thursday morning protesting mountaintop removal. Five boarded a barge on the Kanawha River near Chelyan, with a large banner that read “Coal leaves, […]

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Activists Block Duke Coal Shipment, link Mountaintop Removal to iCloud

CHARLOTTE, NC—This morning, activists from Greenpeace, RAMPS (Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival), Katuah Earth First!, Mountain Justice and Keepers of the Mountains Foundation blocked a coal train en route to the Marshall Steam Station, a Duke Energy coal-fired power plant, and branded the cars with the iconic Apple logo. Four activists, including leaders from […]

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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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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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