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Hundreds Protest Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

December 10, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Yesterday about 300 environmental activists gathered outside the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection headquarters, calling for an end to blasting on Coal River Mountain. 04_tn

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. addressed the rally, which was organized by Coal River Mountain Watch, and said that mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia is a crime, and that if the American people could see it, there would be a revolution.

Kennedy is scheduled to return to the state on January 21 to debate Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship at the University of Charleston.

– Suzanne Bopp

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One Response to “Hundreds Protest Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining”
  1. A Davis says:

    Wow, it’s January 22, and I haven’t seen the outrage against EPA’s recent mountaintop removal decisions. There should be a MASSIVE march on EPA, not just one involving a few grassroots groups and universities. Please please start using social networking sites and begin to organize the American public. Make it appeal to environmentalists of both parties. Use the economic arguments of Michael Hendryx / Melissa M. Ahern in their peer reviewed Public Health article:
    Mortality in Appalachian Coal Mining Regions: The Value of Statistical Life Lost. Most importantly, use the findings from the recent Science article that show that the environmental damage is irreversible, and not worth the cost to the public. The EPA must absolutely be forced into reviewing/reversing the permits they just gave out. Guys, get organized! This was too huge! Not a hit or article anywhere!!