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Adenoid_Hynkel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-22-09 05:54 AM
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Responding to Harmful Government Inaction, Protesters Stop Blasting on Coal River Mountain
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Edited on Sun Nov-22-09 06:01 AM by Adenoid_Hynkel
Source: Youth Climate Movement

PETTUS, W. Va. Early this morning two concerned citizens, Dea Goblirsch and Nick Martin, locked down to a drill rig on Coal River Mountains Bee Tree mountaintop removal site, effectively stopping blasting. Two others, Grace Williams and Laura Von Dolen, joined them in direct support, holding a banner with the message Save Coal River Mountain.

These nonviolent protestors have taken this action to bring attention to the extreme danger facing residents of the Coal River Valley from blasting near the Brushy Fork Impoundment. They plan to stay locked down until law enforcement removes them.

Resident of Rock Creek, W Va., Delbert Gunnoe, stated his concerns with the blasting, You know when they put a blast over there, and it shakes the windows over here, at what, -a-mile distance, imagine what it does over there. Gunnoe continued, if did bustwhat would be the destruction? The town of Whitesville would no longer exist.

The four are fearful of the blasting that Massey Energy began in late October. These blasts are 200 feet from the Brushy Fork Impoundment, permitted to hold nine billion gallons of toxic coal slurry. The impoundment sits atop miles of hollow, abounded underground mines, further endangering its integrity. By Masseys own estimates, roughly 998 people will die should the dam break. The emergency evacuation plan states that a 40-foot wall of sludge, cresting at 72 feet, will flow through the valley, reaching 20-feet-high about 15 miles down the road. Apart from the initial flood, the impact of this potential spill would be felt along the Coal Rivers 88 miles.


All four were arrested Saturday. this received zero attention from the "legitimate' media in WV.

Obama's EPA announced earlier this week that they were taking a closer look at this: /

Video on the subject:

They have good reason to be concerned. Big coal was able to get the government to ignore U.S. Rep. Ken Hechler's warnings in the 60s. As a result, 125 people were killed in the Buffalo Creek disaster, following the collapse of a similar dam.

Hechler's column from July (He's 95 and still fighting them):
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