Category Archives: regulatory

Help Support Chemical Spill Relief

Donate to send relief supplies to families affected by chemical spill Truck leaving early Sunday morning Aurora Lights is sending a flat-bed truck of supplies to Boone County, W.Va., for folks who have not been receiving sufficient water, liquid baby formula, etc., after Thursday’s chemical spill that poisoned their tap water.  Your donations will ensure […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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What does it really mean to generate cheap energy at home?

The following open letter was written by Elias Schewel, who was arrested providing ground support to the tree sitters.   Dear Activists, My name is Elias Schewel and I am writing to you from the West Virginia coalfields. Right now we have two people up in trees over the Bee Tree Surface Mine, working to […]

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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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