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.


CREEK Kids Christmas Party

Dec 22, 2016

Thanks to the supporters who made the CREEK Christmas Party a success. Smiling kids make it all worthwhile. Here are some photos.


Oppose New Mountaintop Removal in Tennessee

Dec 21, 2016

Our friends in Tennessee are trying to stop the 1,496-acre Cooper Ridge mine in Claiborne County. Please send comments opposing this new site by Dec. 21. Contact information and more details are below. Thank you!


Stream Protection Rule Finalized (Finally)

Dec 19, 2016

Coal River Mountain Watch statement on the Stream Protection Rule   Naoma, W.Va.—Coal River Mountain Watch is glad that the meetings and testimony that our members and allies have participated in for seven years have finally resulted in the Stream Protection Rule. This rule, if enforced, will provide significant protection for some of our vulnerable Appalachian water sources. It will not, however, end the ongoing devastation and public health impacts imposed by mountaintop removal coal mining.


What Would You Do If You Knew This Place?

Nov 18, 2016

Want to understand why we keep fighting against a powerful industry and complicit government agencies? Watch this video and hear Junior Walk's heartfelt words. Then join us to work for healthy communities and justice.      "What would you do if you knew this place?"


Alpha Committed Fraud, Alleges WVDEP in Federal Bankruptcy Court

Nov 17, 2016

The chronic polluter coal company Alpha Natural Resources, recently emerged from bankruptcy, committed fraud by underreporting $100 million in liabilities, according to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Call Harold Ward at 304-926-0490 and tell him his department should not grant new mountaintop removal permits to a company it considers fraudulent.  "The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has filed a complaint with a federal bankruptcy court asking the judge to declare relief granted to Alpha Natural Resources Inc. senior management as "void and unenforceable as having been procured by material misrepresentation and fraud." The Edwight mountaintop removal site above our community, where the coal company's "reclamation" is over a year behind schedule. WVDEP is considering new permits to let this company do thousands more acres of the same. Flyover courtesy