Coal River Mountain in Peril

By scott parkin

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved Massey Energy’s revision of one of the mountaintop removal coal mining permits for Coal River Mountain.

That means Massey may begin blasting at any time.

Read about it here on Grist.

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin can still stop Massey Energy from ruining Coal River Mountain’s wind energy potential.

Please make a call today to protect Coal River Mountain’s wind energy potential.

Call Governor Manchin today at 1-888-438-2731.

After you’ve made your call, you can also send him an email here.

Please tell him that Coal River Mountain can make wind energy – forever! The wind power project would generate clean electricity, quality jobs, and major tax revenue. Mountaintop removal at Coal River Mountain would destroy all of the wonderful potential of the wind project. Ask the Governor to put a halt to mountaintop removal at Coal River Mountain – today!

Wind is the better economic option for Coal River Mountain, but that depends on the mountain being left intact. Extensive research has shown that Coal River Mountain has enough wind potential to provide electricity for between 100,000 and 150,000 homes, forever, while creating approximately 50 well-paying, permanent jobs in an area long dependent upon sparse, temporary coal mining jobs. The wind farm would also generate over ten times more county revenue than the mountaintop removal operation would.

Find out more from Coal River Wind.

Here’s a list of media hits this has generated:

Manchin and Coal River Wind
in the Charleston Gazette
on DailyKos
on CNN Money
on NRDC blog
on ItsGettingHotInHere:
on AppVoices Front Porch Blog
on WV Blue

Jeff Biggers
in Grist
on the Progressive Dems of America website
on Huffington Post
on Common Dreams