Vote Tadpole!


Apr 30, 2019

Please vote for the Tadpole Project now. Until 12:01 AM May 5, vote here every day on every device for the Tadpole Project to get a share of a $15,000 Pig Difference grant. We’re competing against four other groups, and the groups getting 10% or more of the vote get a share based on their percentage.

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Mountaintop Removal Health Hearing April 9 at 2


Apr 9, 2019

Watch the live streaming video on Youtube here or Facebook here.

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Appalachian Communities Health Emergency Act Introduced


Apr 3, 2019

Appalachian Communities Health Emergency Act introduced      Bill would halt new mountaintop removal pending definitive health study

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Mountaintop Removal on Coal River Mountain


Jan 31, 2019

Coal River Mountain Watch outreach coordinator Junior Walk took the drone for a chilly flight early this morning. The footage reveals Alpha Natural Resources expanding the Middle Ridge site over the ridge into the head of Sycamore Creek, tearing down Boyd Branch Knob (the tallest peak to the left), and continuing the Eagle 2 site (the right end of the photos). These photos show over a half mile of ridgeline being destroyed, just a portion of a much larger complex extending for miles on the other side. Mountaintop removal leaves a permanent mark on the mountain as well as on the lives of the people living nearby, in communities plagued with cancer, heart disease, birth defects, and other diseases attributable to the deadly silica dust fallout from blasting. WV Dept. of Environmental Protection this month approved Alpha's renewal of the Eagle 2 permit, in spite of its invalidity, CRMW's objections, and our lawsuit.  Please support our work to protect this mountain and the communities around it as well as ending mountaintop removal at https://secure.givelively.org/donate/coal-river-mountain-watch. Read on for more photos.

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Intern Spotlight


Dec 31, 2018

Coal River Mountain Watch hosts interns and volunteers who contribute to our work. Here's what one of our summer 2018 interns, Austin Stewart, had to say about his experience:

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Human Rights Watch Report: The Coal Mine Next Door


Dec 12, 2018

Human Rights Watch has issued a new 88-page report, The Coal Mine Next Door: How the US Government's Deregulation of Mountaintop Removal Threatens Public Health. Coal River Mountain Watch provided input including a tour, interviews, and contacts for the lead researcher. You can read the report here, and a news report about the report, with a timeline, here "This report focuses on how Congress invoked the Congressional Review Act, a little-used law that gives it veto power over federal agency rules, to cancel the Stream Protection Rule, enacted after eight years of agency review, that required coal companies to monitor their impact on streams and restore them at the end of a mining project. The Trump administration subsequently canceled a half-completed federally-funded study the National Academy of Sciences was conducting on the potential health effects of surface mining in central Appalachia, even though dozens of scientific studies indicate that it poses serious threats to the health of nearby residents and destroys their environment. In doing so, the administration not only assured the continuation of a hazardous form of mining but also robbed the public of an important tool to assess its true cost."

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Groups Sue Alpha for Unlawful Mountaintop Removal


Nov 16, 2018

Expired Mining Permit Poses Risks to Coal River Mountain and Surrounding Communities CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Today, a coalition of groups filed a federal lawsuit against mining company Republic Energy seeking to halt unlawful coal mining activities in Raleigh County, W.Va. Republic Energy is mining one of the only remaining intact ridgelines on the heavily mined Coal River Mountain without a valid mine permit designed to protect water, air, and land on the mountain.

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