Category Archives: Alpha Natural Resources

Finishing Up Week 3!

Today marks the end of the third week of the tree-sit on Coal River Mountain.  Catherine-Ann remains in her oak tree in good spirits and with no plans to come down. As Catherine-Ann stops blasting in Bee Tree hollow, locals are gearing up for the permit hearing this evening on the renewal of the Bee […]

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Tree-Sit on Coal River Mountain Continues after One Sitter Arrested

UPDATED 5:00 pm 8.2.11:  Becks Kolins has been released without bail after being charged with trespassing, conspiracy and littering. Marfork, W.Va. – Becks Kolins, who has been occupying a tree on the Bee Tree permit on Coal River Mountain for the last two weeks, descended the tree voluntarily and was arrested this afternoon by the […]

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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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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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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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