Mountaintop removal coal mining wrecks the land, poisons the water, and kills people. But it's still happening. Appalachians are determined to revive their economy and create a healthy future. Join us today. http://appvoices.org/communities-at-risk/
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DID YOU KNOW More explosives are used every week in the extraction of coal in Appalachia, than were used in the first gulf war, and the Afghanistan war combined? Close to 2.8 billion gallons of toxic sludge, produced by cleaning coal before burning it, lies behind an earthen dam just a few hundred yards upstream of an elementary school in West Virginia? Over 2000 miles of streams have been buried and 500 square miles of mountains supporting one of the worlds most bio diverse temperate forests have been destroyed by Mountain-Top Removal coal mining in West Virginia alone. According to the West Virginia Coal Association, a little over 50 years ago, over 100,000 miners were employed in West Virginia, In 2003, that number was fewer than 15,000. Meanwhile, far more coal is being mined. TO FIND OUT MORE, CHECK OUT www.sludgesafety.org www.appvoices.org www.ohvec.org www.crmw.net www.mountainjusticesummer.org
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Shows the destruction and pollution caused by mountaintop removal mining and coal use... SOURCES: ---- The Mountaintop Removal Road Show - http://www.mountainroadshow.com/ ---- Mountain Justice - http://www.mjsb.org/html/mtr.html ---- Coal Is Dirty - http://www.coal-is-dirty.com/ ---- Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition - http://www.ohvec.org/ ---- I Love Mountains - http://www.ilovemountains.org/ ---- Kentuckians For The Commonwealth - http://www.kftc.org/our-work/canary-project/resources/fight-back/smcra ---- The Union of Concerned Scientists - http://www.kftc.org/ ---- Appalachian Voices - http://www.appvoices.org/ ---- Wikipedia the free online Encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/ ---- EIA Kids Energy - http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=coal_home-basics ---- Mad Scientist - http:www.madsci.org/posts/1262744400 ---- Sludge Safety Project - http://www.sludgesafety.org/what_me_worry/heavy_metal.html ---- The Mountaintop Mining Consequences article (by a dozen concerned scientists) in the Jan. 7, 2010 issue of Science magazine - http://endmtr.com/palmer_mtr_science2010.pdf ---- The Environmental Protection Agency - http://www.epa.gov/mercury/control_emissions/global.htm ---- 2003 EPA Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on Mountaintop Mining/Valley Fills in Appalachia - pg. III.A-6 - http://www.epa.gov/Region3/mtntop/ ---- United Nations Environment Programme, The Global Atmospheric Assessment - http://www.unep.org/ ---- The United States Government - http://www.usgs.gov/themes/factsheet/146-00/ ---- The Environmental News Service - http://220.127.116.11/search?q=cache:http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jun2004/2004-06-10-10.asp) ---- Earth Island Institute Journal - http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/eij/article/moving_mountains1/ ---- Truly Eco- and Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine by Jasmine Greene on www.Care2.com - http://all-creatures.org/ ---- Using Radar to Protect Birds From Wind Farms - http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/using-radar-to-protect-birds-from-wind-farms/ ---- Nov. 2006 UN report - Livestocks Long Shadow - ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/010/A0701E/A0701E00.pdf ---- John A. McDougall, M.D. - eating healthy - www.drmcdougall.com ---------- CREDITS: ---- A SPECIAL THANK YOU GOES TO: -- Dave Cooper of www.mountainroadshow.com for lots of information, help, and photos -- My oldest brother for his technical advice, critiques, and endless patience ---- PHOTOS BY AND FROM: --- Vivian Stockman at www.ohvec.org - Appalachian mountain, mountaintop removal, and related photos (Airplane service for her aerial shots was provided by South Wings at www.SouthWings.org) --- Darren Payne - Salamander and stream photos --- www.mountainroadshow.com and anonymous friends - Blasting, sludge, valley fill, reclamation, flood, and other mountaintop removal-related photos --- SBs (of Stinkbug Studios) oldest brother - Black cohosh blooms, bee, deer, and healthy vegan food photos --- SBs husband - Summer mountain landscape, fall lake, and close-up of fall trees photos --- SB - Her solar cooker in use photo --- Wikipedia - Wikimedia Commons Photos by: Ken Thomas, Jfacew, David Jolley, Dirk Ingo Franke, Mike Schiraldi, Spiritrock4u, Alfred Palmer, Jacob Windham, OlofE, FloraFarm GmbH Katharina Lohrie, Gzirk, Ersol, Anna, Marcbel, Drw25, Miya.m, and a few anonymous photographers --- The U.S. government and NASA (Public Domain photos) ---- 3-D THINGS: --- Mossy Rocks by DOA Services at www.doaservices.com --- 3-D Globe by Fringewood Design at http://cgi.fringewood.com/ with its textures from http://www.oera.net/How2/TextureMaps2.htm --- Plug & Socket (from toaster) and Branch (dead tree) by 3d true at www.3dtrue.com --- Eagle 2 by DAZ 3D at www.daz3d.com --- Jessica Casual; Table Lamp; Primitives; Long Hair Evo by Kozaburo; Cane and Rounded Cube by Dimension 3D; and Tree Trunk by Runtime DNA - all came with Poser 8, a virtual 3-D animation program by Smithmicro
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This video is about Mountaintop Removal Mining and its effects on the environment and surrounding communities. Song: "Shall We Tear These Mountains Down?" by Tim Gilliam, from Songs for the Mountaintop produced by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. I do not own the rights to anything in this video. Get the album on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/songs-for-the-mountaintop/id206728106 Get the album from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Songs-Mountaintop-Various/dp/B00120E9VS To learn more, visit: socm.org ktfc.org nrdc.org ilovemountains.org appvoices.org southernenvironment.org
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Cherylann Hawk sings about Mountaintop Removal Mining from the mountain's perspective... Kayford Mountain in West Virginia in particular. Larry Gibson refused to leave his home to allow the company to extract the coal, and reached out to people around the world to come to see what this type of mining does to the land. To learn more about MTR, please visit... http://appvoices.org/end-mountaintop-removal/ Cherylann Hawk - vocals, acoustic guitar, and spoons Vassar Clements - fiddle Nathan Wilson - bass & vocals Rob Grano - percussion Eddie Mahonen - banjo Dave Hanner - acoustic & slide guitar, mandolin, additional percussion Produced by Dave Hanner & Cherylann at Play On Recording Studio, Pittsburgh, PA
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A native son (1948 - ) returned to protect his heritage from being further destroyed by a coal mining process called Mountain Top Removal. 2010 Ecore Award Winner - http://www.encore.org/bo-webb Appalachia Rising - Mobilize to End Mountaintop Removal http://appalachiarising.org/ http://twitter.com/App_Rising http://www.youtube.com/user/AppalachiaRising http://www.youtube.com/user/bowebb24 His remarks were made on the WV State Capitol grounds, Sunday, August 23, 2009. It was a release party for the 2nd benefit CD: "Still Moving Mountains: The Journey Home" - http://auroralights.org/journey/index.php From the CD: "Appalachian Soul" by Great American Taxi - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8AFruMg5ZI (5:23 minutes) Also see: Journey Up Coal River - http://auroralights.org/map_project/ Photo: Cherry Mountain tattoo on Bo's right forearm http://www.vanityfair.com/images/politics/2006/05/poar04a_appalachia0605.jpg Bo Webb open letter to Senator Byrd (D-WV) http://appvoices.org/2009/04/06/2342/ May 2006 - The Rape of Appalachia http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2006/05/appalachia200605?printable=true Related: The Truth About Don Blankenship, 4/15/10 http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/04/the-truth-about-don-blankenship.html Massey Energy Wins in Court, 4/7/08 http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2008/04/youre-liable-to.html Q&A: Michael Shnayerson, Author of Coal River. 1/29/08 http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2008/01/qa-michael-shna.html --- Before the Mountain Was Moved, 1969 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lferrcK4cwQ (60 minutes) The citizens of Raleigh County, West Virginia watch as strip mining destroys the forest they've always called home. It is a land dominated by heritage, history and a simple way of living that has not seen much change in the past century. The people who live around the mining activities are not eager to see their homes, their way of living, their heritage, disappear through greed and questionable mining processes. (True story portrayed by the people who actually live it; music performed by Blood, Sweat and Tears) --- Jan/Feb 2006 - The battle for justice comes to the coal fields of Appalachia http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/166/ (Excerpt) In May 2005, when Mountain Justice volunteers started going door-to-door in an effort to identify citizens' concerns and possibly locate cancer clusters, West Virginia activist Bo Webb found that 80 percent of parents said their children came home from school with a variety of illnesses. The school, a small brick building, sits almost directly beneath a Massey Energy subsidiary's processing plant where coal is washed and stored. Coal dust settles like pollen over the playground. 10/3/10 - One man's fight against mountaintop removal http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/03/nation/la-na-mining-20101003 10/28/10 - The Story of Bo Webb http://www.theredmountainpost.com/mountain-top-removal-in-west-virginia-the-story-of-bo-webb-2-7937/ (Correction: Bo moved back to WV in 2000, at age 51) 9/2010 - Mining the Coal River Story http://movingpicturesmagazine.com/Features/tabid/58/entryid/3960/Mining-the-Coal-River-Story.aspx Also see: http://www.crmw.net/ http://www.ohvec.org http://www.kftc.org http://www.citizenscoalcouncil.org/ http://www.ilovemountains.org/ http://www.youtube.com/user/coalstories http://www.coalcountrythemovie.com/ http://appalshop.org/sludge/trailer.php Coal Country: Rising Up Against Mountaintop Removal Mining, 11/24/09 http://www.amazon.com/dp/1578051681/ Plundering Appalachia: The Tragedy of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, 9/29/09 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/1601090544/ Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal, 3/16/09 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/0813125464/ Coal River, 1/8/08 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002KAORZW/ Bringing Down the Mountains: The Impact of Mountaintop Removal on Southern West Virginia Communities, 9/30/07 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/1933202173/ Moving Mountains: How One Woman and Her Community Won Justice from Big Coal, 9/7/07 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/0813124417/ Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness: Radical Strip Mining and the Devastation of Appalachia, 2/2/06 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/1594489084/ === Enforcement of Strip Mining Laws - Center for Science in the Public Interest, 1975 http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/cspi-enforcement-of-strip-mining-laws-1975 COAL SURFACE MINING AND RECLAMATION: An Environmental and Economic Assessment of Alternatives COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS, UNITED STATES SENATE 93RD CONGRESS, 1ST SESSION - MARCH 1973 http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/1973-senate-report Articles from The New York Times by Ben A. Franklin, 1965 Hill People Join to Ask State to End Coal Operation Kentucky's Governor Joins 'War' on Strip Mining http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/eastern-ky-coalfield-1966
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THANKS FOR WATCHING! 'Like' my Facebook Page to stay up to date on new music: https://www.facebook.com/bryanwebermusic And 'Subscribe' to my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/bryanwebermusic Over 500 mountains have been destroyed in West Virginia (and surrounding States) in the pursuit of cheap coal. Help protect out planet and become involved. Let's end mountain-top removal before it's too late: http://ilovemountains.org/ http://climategroundzero.net/ http://appvoices.org/ "500 Mountains" by Bryan Weber Where do we go when we destroy our home It won't be long until it's all gone. 500 Mountains -- stripped down. 500 Mountains -- razed to the ground. What are we gonna do, when there's nothing left to do And the entire ridge has been torn down. Where do we go when we destroy our home Dam our valleys with toxic sludge Pollute our streams and our children. All cause of greed incited by man, Desperate to destroy what's left of our land, To keep profits alive, to make the industry survive, Until they've sucked dry our land. 500 Mountains -- stripped down. 500 Mountains -- razed to the ground. What are we gonna do, when there's nothing left to do And the entire ridge has been torn down. What are we gonna do, when there's nothing left to do And the entire ridge has been torn down."
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A proposed mountaintop removal mining coal mine threatens the Russell Fork, one of America River's "10 Most Endangered Rivers" for 2016. Help save the Russell Fork: http://bit.ly/1RRobMS (Music: Creek's Froze Up/Callahan, by Sam Gleaves, joined by Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, and Missy Raines)
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To Donate: http://AppVoices.org/waterdefense To Learn More: http://AppVoices.org/kylitigation On March 9, 2011, we announced another 60 day intent to sue Nally & Hamilton Coal Company for more than 12,000 violations of the Clean Water Act at more than a dozen of its operations in 7 eastern Kentucky counties. The notice letters provide evidence indicating that Nally and Hamilton has filed false and potentially fraudulent, water pollution monitoring data with state agencies over the past three years. Nally & Hamilton submitted reports in which all effluent data reported for a certain outfall in a certain month repeat exactly the data reported for the same outfall in other months. In other words, the company seems to have cut-and-pasted previous sets of data in later reports rather than monitoring the discharge and submitting accurate data for each month. The company also repeatedly omitted legally-required data from its reports. If fined, the maximum allowed under the Clean Water Act could amount to potential penalties of more than $400 million. Our legal team consists of the plaintiffs Appalachian Voices, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Kentucky Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper, represented by lawyers with the Natural Resources Defense Council.
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Charlottesville, VA (video by Beyond Atlantic) - Trees on Fire celebrated the release of their debut full-length album, Organica, at the beautiful Jefferson Theatre on April 24, 2010. Back in November of '09, the group played during the venue's grand reopening weekend before a pumped up hometown crowd. Organica was produced by Rob Evans (Dave Matthews Band, Tim Reynolds Trio) and Eric Heigle and recorded at Haunted Hollow Studios and Dockside Studios (BB King, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, Mark Knopfler, Leon Russell, Sonny Landreth.) The exciting original music captured on the album is only a part of the legacy the group hopes to leave behind as Trees On Fire's members are all deeply embedded in environmental preservation activities. The commitment of the members of Trees On Fire -- Justin Esposito (keys, violin, accordion, guitar, vocals), Rob Mezzanotte (guitar, sax, keys, vocals), Brian Wahl (bass), Paul Rosner (drums, vocals), and Blake Hunter (guitar, vocals) -- to achieving sustainable practices in our society and Trees On Fires ability to bring people together via song and environmental activism is unmatched. As one enthusiastic listener put it, "y'all are culturized!" Its no wonder these guys eat habanera peppers to get jacked up for a show. In particular, Trees On Fire focuses on the devastating practice of mountaintop removal mining for coal in Appalachia and the tragic clear-cutting of the Atchafalaya River Basin in Louisiana. As a testament to its commitment, Trees On Fire will donate five-percent of the proceeds from Organica album sales to two organizations dedicated to preserving our invaluable natural landscapes: Atchafalaya Basinkeeper (www.basinkeeper.org) and Appalachian Voices (www.appvoices.org). These dynamic non-profit groups work every day to keep our mountains from being blasted into stream-clogging rubble and our cypress trees from ending up as mulch. www.treesonfire.com
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Sign our petition to protect North Carolina from toxic coal ash www.appvoices.org/nc-cant-wait. . WLOS covers the recent release of monitoring near coal ash ponds required by North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources at all 14 coal ash plants in the state. They focus on the community of Julian Trails in Arden, near the Asheville plant owned by Progress Energy. Interview with Hartwell Carson, French Broad Riverkeeper and local community member.
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For Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, the message is in the music. In this Sitch exclusive, the two veritable veterans have released "Keep Your Dirty Lights On" a video which only glimpses the artists for but a moment; instead focusing on the heartbreaking history about King Coal and an industry of environmental destruction. The track comes from the duo's recently released record, Memories and Moments. Find out more about Tim and Darrell's new album, Memories and Moments, at timanddarrell.com.
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2/8/13 - Nashville, TN Hello, my name is JW Randolph, and I'm proud to serve as the Tennessee Director for Appalachian Voices. I'm here to speak with you for a few minutes about efforts to protect Tennessee's mountains, but first, I want to thank the members that have joined us here this morning. Chairman Southerland, and Representative Gilmore have both supported the Scenic Vistas Protection Act, and we're happy you're here. We're thankful to you both and look forward to continuing to work with you to pass this important legislation. I'd also like to thank those in attendance for engaging in the democratic process, and finally I'd like to thank TEC, Gretchen Hagle, John McFadden, and your team. You guys are great leaders in this movement here in Tennessee and for us here on the Hill, we all appreciate you and the work you do. I'm here because I love mountains. I grew up in a log cabin my father built in the woods, on the banks of the Tennessee River. And like many of you, I got to know my family, my place, and our history, through walking the beautiful woods and waters of middle Tennessee, fishing, hiking, and 4-wheeling. The time spent in these mountains taught me about freedom, responsibility, and self-reliance. This was where I learned the best of home, the best of our state, and the best of what our country has to offer. As I got older, I learned that not too far away, near our ancestral land, coal companies were blasting apart the mountains, and poisoning the streams that we ran through. .... Lastly, we want to ensure that we protect and respect private property rights. When the Scenic Vistas bill is passed, the coal companies will still be able to mine their coal, while they leave the mountaintops on. But let it be known that the hearts and the lungs of the Appalachian people do not belong to a coal company. Mountain people believe that you can swing your fist however you like within an inch of our face. Any further and you've got a problem. And when unborn children in Appalachian communities are 42% more likely to be born with birth defects, you've got a problem. When 60 miles of our streams in Tennessee are poisoned from coal mining, you've got a problem. But it will be when our elected leaders stand up and lead on this issue that we will have a true solution. If you love the mountains as I do, ask your legislators to sponsor the Scenic Vistas Protection Act to protect our virgin ridgelines and our mountain way of life. Thank you.
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I Just Can't Sing Country Roads Today T. Paige [email protected] You can run but you can't hide Now wipe that smile off your face... When I think of how her waters have been poisoned and condemned When I think of how her mountains have been blown into the ditch The halo that rested high above her head has been stripped And trampled by the madness of the bastard coal execs... And I just can't sing Country Roads today No, I just can't sing Country Roads today When those who say they love her don't really give a shit They ride around on Harleys looking like hillbilly pimps But even the whores on 7th Avenue are treated better than this... And I just can't sing Country Roads today And I just can't sing Country Roads today Not in your hallowed halls and your meeting rooms where the stench Of your backroom deals has lowered almost heaven to the level of your dead man's grip. And I just can't sing Country Roads today No, I just can't sing Country Roads today There's a reason that the sparrow has vanished from her nest There's a reason she has ceased to sing and I tell you this There's a reason for these angry words and the slamming of the fist. Yes the bastards have taken her away Oh, the bastards have taken her away And driven out the true mountaineer and desecrate his place... And I just can't sing Country Roads today And I just can't sing Country Roads today © 2011 T. Paige "This is a great song." Denise Giardina t. paige po box 96 charlton heights wv 25040 304 549-0332 Interested in finding out more about MTR?...Basically they are destroying Appalachia forever and MTR must be ended today! But our corrupt system and the political/corporate machine has thwarted environmental protections. The Obama administration is doing better and has strengthed the EPA, but we have a long way to go towards ending this. It will take action and demands for reform by the citizens. http://mountainjustice.org/events.php?id=159 http://appvoices.org/2011/01/04/judy-bonds-remembered/ http://www.crmw.net/crmw/ http://www.goldmanprize.org/2009/northamerica http://www.goldmanprize.org/node/84 http://climategroundzero.org/ Remember these names: Judy Bonds (deceased), Larry Gibson, Maria Gunnoe, Jack Spadaro, Marilyn Evans, Joe Lovett (lawyer), Bo Webb...They are MTR activists...they have done and are doing valuable work. They will come to Chicago, California, etc. to speak at maybe a college or anywhere...I can get you in touch with them or you can contact them through their website, etc. Some of them have risked their lives. Some have been jailed many times. They have won important awards for their work. They speak out all the time...I would recommend for speaking dates, you contact Larry Gibson or Maria Gunnoe...they are inspirational speakers. Larry has events on his mountain three times a year. People come from all over to these events. Please pass this info around to your friends and whoever you want. Thanks, T. Paige
Views: 123 T. Paige