Category Archives: Press Release

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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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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Coalfield Residents Meet with CEO of Alpha Natural Resources

Abingdon, Virginia Eight residents from coal mining areas of southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia met this afternoon with Alpha Natural Resources CEO Kevin Crutchfield.  These citizens had requested the meeting with Alpha because of Alpha’s pending takeover of Massey Energy, the leading producer of coal from mountaintop removal mining.  Residents discussed the devastating impact […]

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Release: Coalfield Residents Deliver Letters to Alpha Energy: Cease Mountaintop Removal Operations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Coalfield Residents Demand Alpha Energy Cease Mountaintop Removal Operations Press contact: Kim Ellis, 304-860-5041 [email protected] UPDATE: Second letter added, this one from Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards at the bottom of this page. ABINGDON, Va.­—Coalfield residents and allies from West Virginia and Virginia are traveling today to the headquarters of Alpha Natural Resources […]

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