This October 28th-30th Coal River Mountain Watch and RAMPS will be
hosting the 6th annual Mountain Justice Fall Summit in the Coal River
Valley of Southern West Virginia. Rallying around destructive mining
practices and the corporate control over our communities that allows
these practices to continue, we intend to send a message that we will
not stand for this any longer.
Massey Energy, formerly the largest coal producer in the state was
bought out by Alpha Natural Resource this past June. The move was
heralded as a move away from the safety and environmental violations
that marked Massey’s mining history in the region, Regulators and State
politicians touting Alpha’s “Running Right” slogan as a prediction of
things to come.
However, almost 4 months later it is clear that hopes of Alpha
“Running Right” were misplaced. The mines they took over in the coal
river valley continue to rack up violation after violation, and concerns
over mining practices seem to go unheard, as they continue to go
forward with aggressive mining plans.
This years Fall Summit will be held at Coal River Mountain Watch’s
new volunteer house up Rock Creek Hollow. We have ample forested area
for folks to camp, and will have covered outdoor spaces for workshops
and an outdoor kitchen. Participants should come prepared for the
possibility of cold weather and pack camping gear, and clothing
accordingly. If you would like to attend but are unable to camp, please
contact us. If you are unable to attend, please consider donating to MJ
to help cover the cost of the event.
This devastating practice can not go on. Alpha is “Running Right”
over us. Come join us for the Mountain Justice Fall Summit in Rock Creek
for a weekend of workshops, education and action. Register at Here. For more info, contact [email protected] or 304-854-0390.