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Today People Demonstrated to the WV Governor and Legislature Their Desire for Real Clean Water Safeguards and Regulatory Enforcement. The most entertainingly sick moment of the day was when Dustin White was ejected from the captial building for carrying in a jug of tap water from his fathers spigot in Boone County. The officers claimed it was an "Unknown Substance". And they're right, but that's what's coming out of people's taps. Watch the video of this incident below.
Erin Brockovich and team came down to Charleston on Monday to help people protect themselves from the corporate eco terrorists that have endangered over 300k people the Charleston, WV and 8 surrounding counties. The "spill" is not over as the chemical is currently making it's way down the Kanawha River to the Ohio River and on down the Mississip. Cities getting their water from these rivers down stream are closing their intake valves and hoping it skates past them. However no one really knows how long the MCHM (4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol) has been poisoning the drinking water of all these cities.
The entire memorial presentation is right here just click play.
Friends and family of Larry Gibson, the “Keeper of the Mountains,”
celebrated his life and legacy
on Sunday, October 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. in Charleston, WV
The event was broadcast LIVE right here.
1 hour of Tribute videos follows the memorial in this playlist.
RAMPS pulled off the largest MTR direct action to date against the largest mountain top removal site in WV on Saturday. The Hobet Surface Mine was shut down for about 3 hours through a series of coordinated diversions, lock downs, tree-sits and banner drops. It has been reported that this was the only mine in WV without beefed up security in anticipation of the publicly announced action. Hobet was apparently too big & scary to imagine that Tree Huggers would have the balls to walk onto their site. The Police arrested about 25 people including atleast 3 credentialed press with total bail set at over a 1/2 million dollars. WV resident Dustin Steele has reportedly been beaten in jail and is being denied medical attention.
Mo'Fo' @ http://RampsCampaign.org
10 of 20 arrestees now released.
Today, hundreds of us will march onto a strip mine in West Virginia and shut it down. Concerned community members and activists are preparing to take nonviolent direct action to do what the politicians, the regulators and the courts have been unwilling to do: to defend the land and the people; to stop strip mining.
If you would like to support the RAMPS Campaign, please consider donating at
On Saturday, June 4 from 7-10 pm a panel of storytellers and
documentarians will be talking about their work at the march
headquarters in Marmet, WV. Join us for this lively presentation and
This June, hundreds of people from all across the country will come
together to preserve Blair Mountain, abolish mountaintop removal,
strengthen labor rights and invest in sustainable job creation for
Appalachian communities. This event will undoubtedly be historic, but
the struggle for the land and people of Appalachia is ongoing. We hope
that by recording this march and telling stories from it, we can inspire
people in Appalachia and across the nation to continue the struggle.
mo'fo' on panel and the Blair Mountain March @
Later that night there was an awesome concert honoring Hazel Dickens
Rescind mining permits on Coal River Mountain ~ October 19, 2009 Dear Governor Manchin, As residents of West Virginia’s Coal River Valley we write you to declare a state of emergency. Coal River Mountain is our last mountain untouched by mountaintop removal and it is in imminent danger of blasting. This would not only threaten our communities, it would also destroy our chance to have permanent jobs and renewable energy through ridge-top wind power. You have the power to rescind these permits. At any moment, Massey Energy could blast part of the Bee Tree site, on the containing ridge of the Brushy Fork sludge impoundment. Brushy Fork impoundment, permitted to hold 9.8 billion gallons of toxic sludge, is the tallest dam in the hemisphere, and it sits on top of a network of abandoned underground mines. We live in fear that the blasting could cause the dam to fail and create one of the greatest industrial disasters in our nation’s history. The emergency evacuation plan for the Brushy Fork sludge dam states that should it fail, a wall of water 50 feet high would hit Whitesville and result in the deaths of at least 998 people. Given this risk, blasting should not be allowed until your Department of Environmental Protection has conducted a thorough geo-technical examination of the impoundment’s stability in regards to the underground mines. "Yes, I'm not certain how close the -- I haven't actually been there to determine the how close the blasting is but blasting in the vicinity of a coal waste impoundment can cause problems, can cause fracturing of rock and create situations where there might be stability problems with the impoundment," former MSHA engineer Jack Spadaro said.
Two young people unfurled a banner which read, “Yes, Coal is Killing West Virginia’s Communities” off of the Walker CAT building in Belle, W.Va. Saturday afternoon. The youth are affiliated with Climate Ground Zero and say they acted in autonomous solidarity with the Senior Citizens March to End Mountaintop Removal, are affiliated with Climate Ground Zero. The marchers passed the Walker CAT building on today’s route. The March received its first physical harassment today. At 2:00 p.m. a driver threw a cup of water on Micklem, who says he “took it in stride.” The march has attracted both support and derision from passerbys. Marchers who so choose still plan to commit an act of non-violent civil disobedience to protest mountaintop removal at the conclusion of the march at Mammoth Coal Company on Monday afternoon.
Day 1 of a 5 day march covering 25 miles from Charleston, WV to it's end in civil disobedience actions at the front gates of Massey Energy owned, Mammoth Coal in Cedar Grove, WV. There will be an update video each day of the March.