We Need YOUR HELP!!
16 People were arrested and are In Custody Right Now
for their participation in a peaceful protest in
Sundial, West Virginia today. Residents of the Coal
River Valley are fighting for the very lives of
their children, whose Elementary School is under
attack from the callous Mountaintop Removal mining
operations of Massey Energy. Coal dust from a coal
prep plant only 150 feet from the school enters
through air intake vents, causing asthma and other
respiratory problems, and coating everything with a
toxic black powder.
A leaking coal sludge dam containing 2.9
Billion Gallons of toxic waste-- laden with
mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and other toxins and heavy
metals-- is only 400 feet from the elementary school
and could burst at any minute killing everyone in its
path, and wreaking havoc for hundreds of miles
5 local residents, including parents and grandparents
of children attending the Elementary School solemnly
crossed a bridge onto Massey property, attempting to
deliver a list of demands to officials, and were
arreseted. Then, waves of supporters, in a beautiful
act of solidarity, followed across the bridge with the
same list of demands.
Coal River Valley residents and their many supporters
-That Massey shut down the prep plant and cease its
Mountaintop Removal mining above the school
-That Marsh Fork Elementary School be cleaned up or
that a safe, new school be built in their community;
-That Massey withdraw its application for the second
coal loading silo behind the school;
-That Massey stop blasting their homes because
residents have a right to be safe and secure;
-And that Massey shut down its surface mine sites and
invest in true sustainable energy.
THESE COURAGEOUS 16 ARE IN CUSTODY RIGHT NOW, and NEED
Your generous contribution is Urgently Needeed and
Checks, made out to 'Mountain Justice Summer' can be
P.O. Box # 86, Naoma, WV 25140.
Please email, MountainJusticeSummer@...
1-800-My-Yahoo, for mailbox "Mnt. Justice"
and Pledge your donation-- this way your funds can be
counted towards bond, and our courageous companions
can get out of jail quickly!
Donations can also be made securely through Paypal,
accessible on the
Mountain Justice Summer website,
We Need your help, your donations, and all the support
we can get! This is an urgent issue, because, as Ed
Wiley, grandfather of a Marsh Fork Elementary student
explained, "What Massey Energy is doing to these
children and this community is nothing short of
terrorism. The kids live in fear, but we shouldn't let
Massey drive us out of our homeland. We should have
the same rights as any other American citizen."
Massey Energy owns Goals Coal Company, which
operates a coal preparation plant, loading silo, and
coal sludge impoundment―essentially a toxic
waste storage facility―pointed directly at the
K-5th grade school. \
There is also a 1,849-acre strip and mountaintop
removal site directly above
the sludge dam.
At a rally at the same site on Tuesday, May 24, two
Coal River Valley residents were arrested when they
refused to leave Massey premises. They had a list of
demands to present to the plant superintendent, but
were refused admittance.
The West Virginia Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) held a public hearing Thursday, May
26, at 6:00 p.m. at the school in Sundial. At the
hearing, the DEP allowed the residents, many of whom
were elderly and in poor health, only two minutes each
to voice their concerns over the silo and also over
the renewal of Massey's permit to operate the waste
facility, a 2.8 billion-gallon earthen dam whose base
is 400 yards from school grounds.
Many participants in the Mountain Justice Summer
campaign also spoke passionately in support of the
students and against the prep-plant and sludge dam.
Despite residents' earlier protests, in 2004 the DEP
approved Massey's permit to operate a 1,849-acre
mountaintop removal site around the waste facility
above the school.
Mountain Justice Summer (MJS) seeks to add to the
growing anti-MTR citizens movement. Specifically MJS
demands an abolition of MTR, steep slope strip mining
and all other forms of surface mining for coal. We
want to protect the cultural and natural heritage of
the Appalachiacoal fields. We want to contribute with
grassroots organizing, public education, nonviolent
civil disobedience and other forms of citizen action.
Historically coal companies have engaged in violence
and property destruction when faced with citizen
opposition to their activities. MJS is committed to
nonviolence and will not be engaged in property
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