This October 28th-30th Coal River Mountain Watch and RAMPS will be hosting the 6th annual Mountain Justice Fall Summit in the Coal River Valley of Southern West Virginia. Rallying around destructive mining practices and the corporate control over our communities that allows these practices to continue, we intend to send a message that we will not stand for this any longer.
Massey Energy, formerly the largest coal producer in the state was bought out by Alpha Natural Resource this past June. The move was heralded as a move away from the safety and environmental violations that marked Massey’s mining history in the region, Regulators and State politicians touting Alpha’s “Running Right” slogan as a prediction of things to come.
However, almost 4 months later it is clear that hopes of Alpha “Running Right” were misplaced. The mines they took over in the coal river valley continue to rack up violation after violation, and concerns over mining practices seem to go unheard as they continue to go forward with aggressive mining plans.
This years Fall Summit will be held at Coal River Mountain Watch’s new volunteer house up Rock Creek Hollow. We have ample forested area for folks to camp, and will have covered outdoor spaces for workshops and an outdoor kitchen. Participants should come prepared for the possibility of cold weather and pack camping gear, and clothing accordingly. If you would like to attend but are unable to camp, please contact us. If you are unable to attend, please consider donating to MJ to help cover the cost of the event.
This devastating practice can not go on. Alpha is “Running Right” over us. Come join us for the Mountain Justice Fall Summit in Rock Creek for a weekend of workshops, education and action. There will be a medic training that runs the course of the weekend, please contact us for more details. Register at Here. For more info, contact [email protected] or 304-854-0390.