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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2009
THE BLOG OF THE RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK

Taking a Stand at Coal River Mountain

This morning five activists were arrested after locking down to an excavator on Coal River Mountain. They had giant banners that read "Save Coal River Mountain" and "Wind Mills NOT Toxic Spills." See the photos. windmills-not-toxic-spills See the video here. See the pictures. Later in the afternoon, eight more activists were arrested after crossing onto Massey property to deliver a letter to the company. A crowd of over 50 witnessed the second wave of arrests. Coal River Mountain is slated for a 6,600-acre mountaintop removal site, but local residents have developed plans for a wind farm there instead. The wind farm would provide over a million dollars more in tax revenue per year than the mountaintop removal site, and would provide jobs and clean energy forever. Citizens have been working to convince West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin to support their plan for their community, but they're running out of time. That's why we need your help! You can join us by calling Gov. Manchin at 1-888-438-2731 and / or using our simple web form to email the governor. Tell him that West Virginia and the nation are ready for a clean energy future, and that he MUST Stop the Blasting! on Coal River Mountain. E-mails are great, but calls are better! Please support this effort by donating funds here.

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