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Tree Sit on Coal River Mountain: Day Four Update

Day 4: Blasting + Work Continues to be Halted. Two tree sitters, Becks Kolins and Catherine Ann MacDougal, are continuing to halt work and blasting on a significant portion of the Bee Tree surface mine. Both sitters remain in high spirits. Catherine Ann sent us the following update this morning: “Had a very fetal awakening […]

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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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Tree Sit on Coal River Mountain Day Three Update

Today was another hot and humid day on Coal River Mountain.  The tree sitters remained in good spirits.  During the day 2 baby bears visited near the trees, which was a highlight for Becks and Catherine-Ann. In the late afternoon, security approached the trees to inform the sitters that a blast was about to go […]

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Tree Sit on Coal River Mountain: Day Two Update

Blasting on the Bee Tree permit on Coal River Mountain continues to be halted by two tree sitters, Catherine Ann MacDougal and Becks Kolins.  As of Thursday evening, the Bee Tree permit was quiet, and no work appeared to be occurring, according to the sitters. It has been fairly quiet high in the canopy, and […]

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Tree Sit on Coal River Mountain: Day One Update

Two young people took to the trees this morning in an effort to halt the destructive practice of strip-mining on Coal River Mountain.  Becks Kolins, 21, and  Catherine-Ann MacDougal, 24, have perched themselves roughly 80 feet in the air on wooden platforms on trees on the outskirts of the actively mined areas of the Bee […]

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Activists Block Mining Operations on Coal River Mountain

MARFORK, W.Va. – Two protesters associated with the RAMPS Campaign halted blasting on a portion of Alpha Natural Resources’ Bee Tree mountaintop removal mine on Coal River Mountain today by ascending two trees.  Catherine-Ann MacDougal, 24, and Becks Kolins, 21, are on platforms approximately 80 feet off the ground within 300 feet of active blasting […]

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