The 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.
|The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, is a nonprofit organization. Our mission is to organize and maintain a diverse grassroots organization dedicated to the improvement and preservation of the environment through education, grassroots organizing and coalition building, leadership development and media outreach. Our work encompasses much of West Virginia and portions of southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky.||OVEC Photo gallery depicts the devastation of mountaintop removal / valley fill coal mining and related coal slurry impoundments.Notes & photos of actions|
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.
|Keeper 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.|
“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.”