Get Arrested with James Hansen to stop MTR!

On June 23rd Dr. James Hansen, a leading climate scientists and environmental hero, will join community members in Coal

photo by Vivian Stockman of OVEC

River Valley, West Virginia to launch a year of activism to end mountaintop removal coal mining.  Blowing the tops off of mountain ranges to harvest dirty coal harms the people and places of Appalachia, destroys the economic potential of the Appalachian Mountains for clean energy opportunities and furthers the burning of climate killing coal.

Dr. Hansen and the people of West Virginia need you and as many friends as you can muster to come to West Virginia on June 23rd to help build the wave of activism needed to stop mountaintop removal this year.

This is the year we must stop the most ecologically and culturally destructive form of strip mining on earth.

WHEN: 12:00pm-3:00pm, Tuesday June 23rd

WHERE: Marsh Fork Elementary, 8801 Coal River Rd Naoma, WV 25140

WHAT: At Marsh Fork Elementary at 12:00 noon Dr. Hansen and MTR impacted community members will begin the day by speaking out about the problems with MTR. The elementary school is next to a mountaintop removal mine operated by Massey Energy; threatening children with chemicals and coal dust, and just 400 yards downslope from a 2.8 billion gallon coal sludge impoundment (if the impoundment were breached there would be less than three minutes to evacuate the School). At 1:00pm the crowd will march a short distance to Massey Energy’s office of operations. Standing in defiance at the Massey Energy property line of a mountaintop removal mining operation, Dr. Hansen, 94-year-old former Representative Hechler and dozens of Coal River Valley residents will risk arrest in a line crossing civil disobedience. This is the next big step in stopping mountaintop removal where it starts.

For more information, please contact Annie Sartor at:  annie [at] ran [dot] org

Mountaintop removal, the world’s worst strip mining, is unacceptable. Period. Join the fight to end mountaintop removal coal mining on June 23rd.

10 Responses to “Get Arrested with James Hansen to stop MTR!”

  1. 1 andrewmunn Jun 17th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    If I were anywhere within 1,000 miles of this action, I would go.

    Keep up the great work in Appalachia!

  2. 2 scott johnson Jun 19th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    This sounds like a bad idea. If we end MTR tomorrow and the price of coal goes to $300.00 a ton, how are we going to pay our electric bill when it hits $500.00 a month?

  3. 3 StewartIII Jun 22nd, 2009 at 12:05 am
  4. 4 W. A. Grasmeder Jun 22nd, 2009 at 10:10 am

    I’m in the same boat, where I can’t make the action. Don’t worry, though! I hear there’s stuff planned for just about every other week this summer. Plenty of chances to get your voice heard and show the world what democracy really looks like.

  5. 5 Fnfcst Jun 22nd, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Our taxpayer dollars funds his research at NASA. As a public employee, he is by law, restricted from activities of this kind. James Hansen should be fired.

  6. 6 Jimmy Haigh Jun 22nd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Youth Climate Movement, eh? Thank God there was no blogosphere when I was a youth because I would probably have contributed to this kind of total crap as well. At least I can’t look back on what I would have written then and die from embarrassment.

    Really guys. Grow up!

  7. 7 Sean G Jun 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Oh, I don’t know. Seems like a pretty efficient way to get the coal out, and the badly needed jobs into WV.

  8. 8 John A Jun 22nd, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    But if James Hansen gets arrested, then how will he debate Dan Blankenship?

  9. 9 W. A. Grasmeder Jun 25th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Sean, the problem is that Mountain Top Removal ensures a lower job rate in WV for an extended period of time. This form of coal mining is actively removing jobs from the area.

  1. 1 Root Force » Blog Archive » 14 Arrests Initiate Week of Action Against Mountaintop Removal Trackback on Jun 19th, 2009 at 7:39 pm
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About Liz

Liz is a North Carolina native who first became involved in college organizing around clean energy.  She cofounded the Energy Action Coalition (EAC) in 2004 and was involved in the youth climate movement through 2008 including helping to start the international youth climate blog: and co-chairing of the EAC Steering Committee from 2006-2008.  She directed the Southern Energy Network, a founding member of EAC, from 2006-09. She has collaborated with a number of community, state, regional and national organizations on fighting new dirty energy facilities and promoting cleaner energy alternatives.  Through her work she became more interested in broader social justice issues, and her involvement with social justice in Knoxville connected her with the Highlander Research and Education Center, where she has been a board member since 2008 ( Currently, she is pursuing a masters degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon, but she hopes to soon return to the South. During the summer of 2013, she co-taught the Cycle the Rockies course with the Wild Rockies Field Institute (

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