Coal River Mountain Watch
- Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
- Keeper of the Mountains Foundation
Coal River Mountain
mission of Coal
River Mountain Watch is to stop the destruction of our
communities and environment by mountaintop removal mining,
to improve the quality of life in our area and to help rebuild
sustainable communities. Photo
gallery and Poll
Results. The dedicated members of this group live in the
coal fields & some have family members that have or do
work for the coal industry.
Ohio Valley Environmental
Keeper of the
Kayford Mountain is located near
Cabin Creek, approximately 35
miles south east of Charleston,
Larry Gibson's family has lived on or near Kayford Mountain
since the late 1700's. More than 300 relatives are buried
in the cemetery on Kayford Mountain. Larry and his family
used to live on the lowest lying part of the mountain, and
looked "up" to the mountain peaks that surrounded
them. Since 1986, the slow motion destruction of Kayford Mountain
has been continuous -- 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Eighteen years after the "mountain top removal"
project began, Larry Gibson now occupies the highest point
of land around; he is enveloped by a 12,000 acre pancake in
what was previously a mountain range.
179 Summers Street
Charleston, WV 25301
of the Mountains Foundation was created to
fund Larry Gibson's efforts to preserve and foster the
values of moutain culture. KOTM also supports his ongoing
effort to tell the story of the destruction of Kayford
Mountain and the surrounding community as a result of
mountain top removal.
Larry Gibson regularly hosts public officials, students,
journalists and other interested citizens who have not
witnessed a mountain top removal project in person.
Larry will be happy to give you, your class or other
group a tour of the area.
Radical Action for Mountain Peoples' Survival (RAMPS)
"RAMPS is a non-violent direct action campaign based in the southern coal fields of West Virginia. We are dedicated to ending all forms of strip mining in Appalachia and believe our greatest contribution to reaching this goal is to undertake locally supported direct action."
The following are links
to information from groups not affiliated with MJ: