Archive for March, 2013

WV Anti-Mountaintop Removal and Fracking Activists Unite for First Joint Capitol Rally Ever

Friday, March 15th, 2013
posted by mlr

Banner Reading "Support the people, not the polluters" in the WV Capitol Rotunda

The movement against extreme energy and extraction in Appalachia is uniting like never before.  This morning, over a hundred coalfield and gasfield activists and youth allies from across the country stormed the Capitol building in Charleston, WV, and spoke clearly and in one voice against the industries which are poisoning communities.

The protest started out in the Capitol courtyard and was led by local residents.

Beyond Mountaintop Removal & Fracking: United for the Future of W.Va.

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
posted by admin

Aerial MTR image and someone drinking bad water, with text: BEYOND Mountaintop Removal & Fracking: United for the Future of West Virginia.  Statehouse Unity Rally: 11 am March 25, 2013.  Capitol Courtyard, Charleston, WV

Join us this Friday in Charleston for a rally to demand a bright future for West Virginia – not one that caters to the destruction of our mountains and fracking of our waters.

Our state is in a critical moment.  We have a choice.  We can double down on destructive and declining coal industry and another boom and bust energy industry or we can chart a new path to a diverse, healthy, sustainable economy.   Instead of embracing calls to create a Citizens Advisory Council on Economic Diversification, a WV Future Fund or job-creating energy efficiency policies, corrupt politicians have been championing corporate interests.  From the attempt to rollback selenium standards, the new threats to sue the EPA , and the continued refusal to address the damage hydrofracking is doing across our state, the government of West Virginia has shown us where they stand.  They stand side by side with the big money interests and the destructive industries of gas and coal.

It’s time for us to stand together — the movements rising to save our communities from the onslaughts on mountain blasting for coal and fracking for gas.