CREEK Scavenger Hunt


Jun 7, 2018

The Coal River Environmental Education for Kids (CREEK) program had a scavenger hunt at Grandview State Park June 4. It was a beautiful day for the kids to be outdoors having fun while learning. CREEK kids take part in Tadpole Project cleanups, learn from visiting experts, go on field trips, and have a great time while building a sense of stewardship and community pride. Give us a holler if you'd like your kids to participate. Please consider supporting this important program at https://secure.givelively.org/donate/coal-river-mountain-watch/tadpole-project.     See more photos below.

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Growing Like a Weed


Jun 5, 2018

Progress: Our half acre here in Naoma is all planted and looking good. It's been great weather so far and everything is looking promising. It's not a surprise that hemp thrives in West Virginia.                   Until this project starts generating an income to become self-sufficient, we need help sustaining it. Please consider a donation to invest in the future of Appalachian communities at https://secure.givelively.org/donate/coal-river-mountain-watch. Thanks!                    Please get a hold of us if you're interested in looking at the plot or looking for more information on industrial hemp.

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1,200 Excess Deaths Every Year


May 23, 2018

A year ago, on May 23, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) held a public hearing in Logan, WV, to inform their study “Potential Human Health Effects of Surface Coal Mining Operations in Central Appalachia.” In the year since, 1,200 people have died from diseases associated with mountaintop removal coal mining. At that hearing, I (Vernon Haltom of Coal River Mountain Watch) was one of the people representing groups opposed to mountaintop removal invited to present to the NASEM committee. My PowerPoint presentation included photos of Judy Bonds, Larry Gibson, Joanne Webb, and Carol Judy, beloved friends and family who had died of diseases associated with mountaintop removal. The presentation included quotes from Jodi J. of WV and Vickie T. of TN, both fighting cancer and both from communities near mountaintop removal. Both have since died.   In the evening session, the NASEM committee heard from our staff, volunteers, and members (including two retired miners), other groups, and other citizens who were opposed to mountaintop removal. They also heard from coal supporters and politicians, learning that coal can’t be bad for you, because it’s natural from the ground, and that both coal and smoking are harmless because a politician’s mining, smoking grandfather lived into his 90s.   At another hearing in Washington, DC, the committee heard from Michael Hendryx, PhD, and was exposed to the vast body of existing science demonstrating mountaintop removal’s deadly impacts. That in itself should have been enough to conclude that mountaintop removal needs to end now. Here’s a 14-minute TEDMed Talk of Dr. Hendryx concisely and powerfully summarizing the most damning impacts of mountaintop removal: http://www.crmw.net/updates/must-watch-dr-hendryx-on-why-mountaintop-removal-must-end.php. This is probably the clearest and most powerful 14 minutes of why we work to end mountaintop removal. Among Dr. Hendryx’s quotes are “1,200 excess deaths every year, in MTR areas, controlling for other risks” and “Eventually, scientific truth does and will win out. How many lives will be lost while we wait? Too many already.”

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Must Watch! Dr. Hendryx on Why Mountaintop Removal Must End.


May 22, 2018

This is probably the most powerful and incisive 14 minutes of why we work to end mountaintop removal. This is Dr. Michael Hendryx, the lead researcher on health impacts of mountaintop removal, on TED Talks:  “1,200 excess deaths every year, in MTR areas, controlling for other risks… Eventually, scientific truth does and will win out. How many lives will be lost while we wait? Too many already.” Watch at https://www.tedmed.com/talks/show?id=689121           Please watch, listen, and act. Lives depend on it. What can you do? For starters…

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Coal River Hemp Update


May 22, 2018

Our Coal River Hemp volunteer Vinnie Samolis has been busy planting, and a lot of little sprouts are popping up. He says: "Planting time! Have about 1/3 of the plot seeded. Beautiful weather for it and looking forward to the hemp workshop this Thursday in Winfield. A lot of great info and growers will be there. Hope to see you there." Coal River Mountain Watch, Judy Bonds Center for Appalachian Preservation, Naoma, Raleigh County, West Virginia, hempCoal River Mountain Watch, Judy Bonds Center for Appalachian Preservation, Naoma, Raleigh County, West Virginia, hemp  See more photos below.

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WV PSC: Suspend And Deny Double-Digit Electric Rate Hikes


May 11, 2018

To Ingrid Ferrell, WV Public Service Commission Executive Secretary: Suspend and Deny Appalachian Power Company and Wheeling Power Company’s application to raise residential and commercial electric rates by more than 11% (case number 18-0646-E-42T). Residents and businesses should not be penalized for energy conservation and West Virginia’s depopulation.

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Save Coal River Mountain


May 10, 2018

From Coal River Mountain Watch outreach coordinator Junior Walk:  Want to help us protect one of the most biologically diverse forests on the entire planet from being blasted and mined into a barren moonscape? Now is the time to act!

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