Campadre Antonio Zambarino

May 18, 2016

Renowned photographer Antonio Zambardino has passed away. Antonio was a genuinely good person, who spent several months in southern WV in 2010 documenting the struggle against mountaintop removal.   Rest in peace Antonio.

Blankenship Sentenced to Year in Prison

Apr 8, 2016

Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy who was convicted in December of the misdemeanor of conspiring to violate mine safety laws, has been sentenced to a year in prison and a $250,000 fine. Blankenship's prosecution resulted from the the investigation of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion, which killed 29 miners, in the Coal River community on April 5, 2010. 


New Flyover Photos And TV News Report Of Our Work

Mar 12, 2016

On March 8, Coal River Mountain Watch's Vernon Haltom took WOWK TV reporter Hillary Hall on a flyover with Southwings volunteer pilot David Warner. This was David’s first Southwings flight and Hillary’s first flight in a small plane. We got a good look at the destructive expansion of mountaintop removal on Coal River Mountain, the areas not yet permitted or started, the dismal progress of “reclamation” at the idled Edwight and Twilight sites, and a quick look at the KD#2 and Rich Creek sites near Charleston. 


60 Minutes to Air "King of Coal" Segment

Mar 5, 2016

CBS 60 Minutes is airing its "King of Coal" segment Sunday, March 6, at 7:00 PM. Coal River Mountain Watch guided aerial and ground tours and provided drone footage, and our friends at Southwings provided the flight. We don't know if any of that footage will make it into the segment, but hopefully the rest of the country will get a glimpse of the damage that Don Blankenship has inflicted on the Coal River Valley and beyond.  Flyover courtesy of 


Another New Mountaintop Removal Permit Proposed For Coal River Mountain

Mar 1, 2016

Bankrupt Alpha Natural Resources continues applying for NEW mountaintop removal permits on Coal River Mountain while they lay off underground miners and give their executives bonuses. This 561-acre permit (nearly a square mile) has not yet been advertised. It would fill in the puzzle between the illegal Eagle 2 permit and the Collins Fork/Workman's Creek site, near the head of Rock Creek and Stockingleg Fork.


Please Vote For CREEK--Coal River Environmental Education For Kids--to Win $10K Grant

Feb 10, 2016

Coal River Environmental Education for Kids (CREEK) provides kids with healthy, wholesome, and fun opportunities to learn to take care of their environment and themselves. Please cast your four votes at to help the project win a $10,000 grant from KIND Causes. Watch the video at  and please share. Thanks! 


Bankrupt Alpha Executives' Bonuses Approved

Jan 24, 2016

A bankruptcy court judge has approved Alpha Natural Resources' request for millions in bonuses for their executives. Meanwhile, Alpha plans to cut retiree benefits. This is WRONG.