September 16, 2008: Rally for Jobs AND Mountains, Charleston, WV

On September 16th, Appalachian residents – with the support of local, regional and national community and environmental organizations – will be holding a rally on the steps of the West Virginia State Capitol from 5-6 pm, calling for the development of a wind farm on Coal River Mountain. The rally will be a celebration of the amazing potential for renewable energy development and the creation of Green Jobs in West Virginia, and Coal River Mountain stands as a symbol of the transition that West Virginia must make in order to prepare for a post-coal, sustainable future.

Coal River Mountain is one of the last mountains left intact in the beautiful Coal River Valley of West Virginia. However, Massey Energy has plans to mine 6,000+ acres of the mountain – or almost 10 square miles.

Fortunately, there is an alternative to mountaintop removal mining on Coal River Mountain – wind power and underground mining. This is a unique opportunity to move our nation and the state of West Virginia toward the production of clean energy, and to preserve our nation’s mountains for generations to come.

But first, we need your help! Citizens from the Coal River Valley and across the United States are working together to create healthy jobs for Southern West Virginia, and clean, affordable energy for Appalachia. Let West Virginia officials know that we have a healthier choice for a diversified economy and safer communities in the Coal River Valley and across West Virginia.

Read more about the Coal River Wind project.

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