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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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Recap of the Tree Sit So Far

Becks and Catherine-Ann have been in their trees for a full week and one day now.  They have weathered severe heat, thunderstorms, and biting insects, but they remain resolute and in high spirits.  They are determined to remain in the trees for as long as they can.  They have succeeded in halting most work and […]

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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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Open Letter to Alpha Natural Resources

The following open letter from the tree sitters (Catherine-Ann MacDougal and Becks Kolins) and their ground support (Elias Schewel and Junior Walk) is part of an ongoing dialogue between the RAMPS Campaign, local residents, and Alpha Natural Resources.  Two months ago, the RAMPS Campaign organized a meeting between eight local residents,  including Junior, and Alpha […]

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Who are the Outside Agitators?

Post-arrest statement of Elias Schewel I have had the chance to recuperate after our hike in, set up and eventual arrest and now want to broadcast some of my initial reflections from the experience. Junior and I were out of water and food, and the sweltering heat meant that we were drinking water meant for […]

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“Putting My Body in the Way”

Post-Arrest Statement from Junior Walk Some folks would like to say that me getting myself arrested to help get this tree sit up was a selfless or heroic action. I know better than that. I did what I did for selfish reasons: my water, my family, my land, my people. The brave young activists that […]

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Tree Sit on Coal River Mountain – Day Five Update

Coal River Mountain Tree Sit Continues Through Day 5! Catherine Ann MacDougal and Becks Kolins continue to sit 80 feet up in their trees, halting mining in a large portion of the Bee Tree Permit on Coal River Mountain in West Virginia. The sitters had a beautiful morning of cool breezes, followed by thunderstorms this […]

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Honoring Judy Bonds

“I want you to notice nature, how geese are in flight and they form a V in a leadership role…The lead goose, when he gets tired of flapping his wings, he drops to the back and the next goose comes up front. Without stopping, without fussing, without whining. He becomes that next leader, he or […]

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New Study Shows Elevated Poverty Rates Near Mine Sites

Heightened Poverty in Appalachia Where Mining Occurs A WVU study was just released showing the elevated poverty rates in Appalachia near mine sites. This is one on top of many recent studies showing the immensely devastating impacts of mountaintop removal mining and strip mining. Hyndryx who helped write the recent WVU study wrote “The study establishes […]

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