Take Action to Terminate a 2,000-acre Mountaintop Removal Permit on Coal River Mountain

Feb 22, 2017

Mountaintop removal coal mining is linked to several public health impacts, including elevated rates of cancer, heart disease, birth defects, and other deadly illnesses. A huge 2,000-acre mountaintop removal permit on Coal River Mountain in West Virginia, issued in 2008, should have terminated in 2011 in accordance with federal and state law for not starting within three years. Instead, the WV Dept. of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) retroactively extended the permit. Now, after years of litigation by Coal River Mountain Watch, the new Cabinet Secretary of the WVDEP has the permit back on his desk with the opportunity to correct his predecessor's mistakes and declare the Eagle #2 permit terminated. Call Sec. Caperton at (304) 926-0440, email him at Austin.Caperton@wv.gov, or sign the petition at http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/terminate-a-2000-acre-1?source=c.em.cp&r_by=2449826


Blood on the Mountain: DVD and Digital Release Plus Free Screening

Feb 21, 2017

The Blood on the Mountain filmmakers have announced that the film is available beginning today on DVD or streaming video. Also, mark your calendars for a free screening April 5 at 6:00 PM at the Judy Bonds Center for Appalachian Preservation. You don't want to miss this important film set largely in the Coal River Valley with major roles by CRMW staff and volunteers.  See more below!


Trump Revokes Clean Water Protections

Feb 16, 2017

WASHINGTON-Pres. Donald Trump today signed into law a resolution of disapproval rescinding the Stream Protection Rule, a modest safeguard crafted to protect clean water and the health of communities threatened by coal mining. Lawmakers voted to overturn the rule using the Congressional Review Act, a seldom-used law that takes the public out of the process by allowing recently finalized regulations to be rolled back virtually overnight with little debate.  Many years in the making, the Stream Protection Rule was the first significant update to surface mining regulations in 30 years. Coal River Mountain Watch co-director testifying for the Stream Protection Rule in 2015.


Bill to Halt New Mountaintop Removal Introduced In US House

Feb 1, 2017

Reps. Yarmuth, Slaughter Introduce Bill to Halt New Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining: Legislation would pause permitting while officials assess health dangers           Call your US representatives and urge them to support the ACHE Act, H.R. 786. Find them at http://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep


Maria Gunnoe, 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner, Joins Coal River Mountain Watch Staff

Jan 19, 2017

Coal River Mountain Watch is proud to announce that Maria Gunnoe, the 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize winner for North America, has joined our staff as community outreach and issue organizer.  Maria brings her talent for powerful speaking at a time when we need it most, when regulatory agencies continue to grant mountaintop removal permits regardless of the resulting public health impacts.


Groups Intervene to Protect the Stream Protection Rule

Jan 18, 2017

Washington, D.C.- Today, a coalition of local and national community and conservation groups filed a motion to be allowed to help defend the national Stream Protection Rule against two lawsuits. The rule updates the minimum standards to protect clean water and other natural resources threatened by coal mining operations across the nation.  It was issued on December 20, 2016, by the Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, after years of work.


New Mountaintop Removal Approved on Coal River Mountain

Dec 27, 2016

In spite of the public health impacts that it will bring, in spite of 73,000 petition signatures opposing it, in spite of the operating company's long record of violations, in spite of that company being accused of fraud by the West Virginia Dept. of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), the WVDEP has approved the Long Ridge #1 mountaintop removal permit on Coal River Mountain. That's 847 acres, 9 valley fills, 13 sediment ponds, 23 sediment ditches, and 35 pollution discharge points. The planned complex will eventually include 117 stream channels totaling over 30 miles and 10 emergent wetlands. Mountaintop removal is not over. We need more help fighting for our communities' health and viability.