Archive for April, 2012

RAMPS campaign house!

Saturday, April 14th, 2012
posted by bldnmyy

Donate with WePayACT NOW to secure a permanent home for direct action in the Coal River Valley!

We’re nearing the end of our stay in our donated home and, after more than a year of searching, we’ve finally found a property that seems an ideal place for the RAMPS campaign house!  We have our sights set on a piece of land with a house, space for a garden and lots of folks.  We’ve raised a good deal of money, but we’re still scrambling to find the funds to buy it while we still can, so we want to act fast.  Please let us know if you can donate, fundraise, loan us some money or help out in some other way in this effort.

A RAMPS space is vital to this campaign, and we’re so close…

For the latest on our housing search, click on the “Let’s Get an HQ!” tab above.

Fracking and MTR: Solidarity in Movements Against Extraction

Thursday, April 12th, 2012
posted by bldnmyy

Those of us in southern West Virginia fighting mountaintop removal stand in solidarity with citizens here in southern West Virginia, northern West Virginia, and the rest of the country fighting the encroachments of hydrofracking onto people’s property, homes, and into their drinking water. Members of RAMPS travelled to Doddridge County in northern West Virginia last week to participate in a Mountain Justice Spring Break camp to build support between these two movements fighting the extraction industry in their communities.

Action Alert: Revoke Eagle II permit on Coal River Mountain

Sunday, April 1st, 2012
posted by admin

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 mountain, despite the objections of community residents living directly at the foot of the mountain.

Fortunately, Alpha has not yet started mining on this permit. According to federal law, any permit which does not start within 3 years of being issued is automatically terminated. Eagle II is one example of what appears to be Alpha/Massey’s strategy of getting permits for areas that they have no immediate intention to mine before they are faced with stricter regulations and more science clearly proving the irreversible impacts of mountaintop removal.

Tell the federal Office of Surface Mining to revoke this permit due to Alpha’s clear violation of the law.