Massey Sues Coal River Mountain Tree-Sitters in Federal Court

As campaign escalates so do the legal battles

The nine day Coal River Mountain tree-sit that ended on Friday has entered a new phase. Mining giant Massey Energy has filed for a temporary restraining order (TRO) in federal court and sued five activists that were part of the action for $75,000 in damages. Ken Ward from the WV Gazette posted the opinion here.

For the past year, Climate Ground Zero and Mountain Justice activists have utilized direct action tactics on Massey and other mining company property to stop the destruction of Appalachia’s mountains. Massey has frequently responded to actions in court seeking financial damages and with restraining orders.

Activists will most likely be undeterred by Massey’s legal actions.

Please donate to support the ongoing legal battles here.  If you are a lawyer or legal worker and can contribute volunteer time, contact Climate Ground Zero here.

1 Response to “Massey Sues Coal River Mountain Tree-Sitters in Federal Court”

  1. 1 Morgan Feb 2nd, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Escalation. Oh yeah.

    I was super impressed spending time with Climate Ground Zero. Lets increase the support for targeted, direct action campaigns.

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Scott Parkin is a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network and organizes with Rising Tide North America. He has worked on a variety of campaigns around climate change, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, labor issues and anti-corporate globalization. Originally from Texas, he now lives in San Francisco.

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