Stop Mountain Top Removal

Mountain Top Removal is a Crime It is poisoning our waterways, our streams, rivers, even groundwater. You can speak out to protect America’s most vulnerable streams and wetlands.


Just Released: The Last Mountain Movie
The fight for the last great mountain in America’s Appalachian heartland pits the mining giant that wants to explode it to extract the coal within, against the community fighting to preserve the mountain and build a wind farm on its ridges instead. THE LAST MOUNTAIN highlights a battle for the future of energy that affects us all.

“During my trip through Appalachia I also met many of the people directly affected by the devastation from MTR. These men and women took me to their homes — their Kentucky “hollers” — and talked about the death threats they received from coal companies for speaking out against MTR. These weren’t “activists”: They were people who came from Appalachian families going back several generations, many of whom worked in the coal mines and were part of the mining community. For them, community and tradition were replaced by health problems caused by contaminated drinking water from coal slurry and homes that had to be abandoned because of cracked foundations due to the blasting. The health threats and pain of a changing landscape were all too real, every day. I think about them often and what they have faced. It makes me realize that we have to stop these companies from destroying the land and these communities.” – quote from Liz Butler

Millions of citizens speaking softly results in one very loud voice, and if that one voice is directed at the U.S. Congress it can stop mountainto­p removal coal mining in Appalachia­. Please contact your Representa­tive and Senators, urge them to cosponsor & support the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 1310), and the Appalachia Restoratio­n Act (S696).

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  1. Sign the Pledge to help end mountaintop removal coal mining

  2. Write Water Resources committee leadership – Tell congress to include directly impacted citizens, health experts and scientists in future hearings

  3. Write your Senators – support the Appalachia Restoration Act
  4. Write your Representative – support the Clean Water Protection Act
  5. Write to the EPA – veto all pending valley fill permits

We all know that burning coal is a very dirty source of energy. Just the act of mining it out of the ground causes a fair amount of destruction (and costs the lives of many miners, especially in poorer countries), and burning it produces more CO2 than any other source of energy, as well as mercury that makes its way up the food chain and smog-forming emissions of all kinds… But that’s not all! Even after all that you are left with literally tons of coal ash (fly ash captured from the chimneys, and bottom ash from the furnace) that sometimes just spills out of the giant holding ponds (oops).


Where is Your Clean Coal Now? Toxic Coal Ash Spills

Where is Your Clean Coal Now?
This has happened at least 3 times in the US in recent months. In this section of No To War, we look at those incidents, at possible future regulations of coal ash by the Obama administration, the effects of Mountaintop Removal on our communties, rivers and streams and more…

Sandra Diaz, National Field Coordinator for Appalachian Voices, Hurricane Creekeeper John Wathen and Watauga Riverkeeper Donna Lisenby paddle up the Clinch and Emory Rivers to record the conditions after a 5.4 million cubic yard spill of coal waste from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Coal Plant.

Help Stop Dirty Coal and End Mountaintop Removal Mining
Want to help shape America’s energy future? Here’s what you can do:
1. Lobby for Change.

Join with the NRDC and other groups and urge President Obama to ban mountaintop removal mining and the destruction of Appalachian communities by reinstating the “fill rule” which prevents the dumping of mining waste into streams, lakes and valleys.

Also visit and ask Congress to support the Clean Water Protection Act, a bill that would ban mountaintop removal mining.
2. Support the Cause.

Support the groups in Appalachia fighting against mountaintop removal mining and promoting sustainable economies:

* Maria Gunnoe and Chuck Nelson work at the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. Help them as they oppose new mountaintop removal permits and fight strip mines which are already in operation.
* Bo Webb and his colleagues at Coal River Mountain Watch are working to stop strip mining on Coal River Mountain and are promoting a sustainable wind project instead.
* If you believe that peaceful civil disobedience is necessary to make change, then support Climate Ground Zero’s work. An ever-changing group of activists are at the camp in the Coal River Valley.
* Joe Lovett and the Appalachian Centre for the Economy and the Environment are using the courts and the best science available to force coal utilities, coal mining companies and government agencies to follow the law.
* Help the Natural Resources Defense Council and a coalition of environmental groups as they pressure banks to stop financing mountaintop removal mining projects. Already six banks are moving in the right direction!
* Participate in and/or support the March on Blair Mountain; a march from Marmet, WV to Blair, WV to preserve Blair Mountain and abolish mountaintop removal in Appalachia, June 5 – June 11.

3. Reduce your Energy Use and if you can, use Renewable Energy.

McKinsey & Co., a top US business consultant says the US can cut electricity use by almost a quarter, and it will pay for itself! Read the report and start at home by changing your light bulbs to compact fluorescents which can cut your bills and electricity use and by 75%. For more simple ways to reduce your energy use click here. The less electricity we use, the less we’ll need dirty coal.
4. Clean Coal?

Actually, it doesn’t exist. To learn more about why “clean coal” is a dirty lie vist
5. Spread the Word!

Encourage your friends and colleagues to see “The Last Mountain” and help keep the issues it raises in the public eye!

To watch other films about coal and mountaintop removal, click here.