The forecast in Coal River, W.V. now calls for heavy boulders and flying debris. Blasting has begun at what preeminent climate scientist James Hansen has declared “ground zero in the fight against climate change”. Despite posing an imminent threat to the health and welfare of area residents and in spite of numerous protests and arrests including those of Hansen, Secretary of State Ken Hechler, and actor Daryl Hannah, Massey Energy began Mountain Top Removal (MTR) operations on Coal River Mountain this past weekend. Bo Webb, whose home and family are directly threatened by this latest destruction of yet another mountain in the great Appalachian range — the most biologically diverse forest on the planet, has been campaigning to stop this insane form of coal “mining” for years. Below is the open letter Mr. Webb sent to President Obama pleading for the protection of his family’s lives, ancestral home, and heritage.
Bo Webb, James Hansen and Daryl Hannah at Coal River Mountain
Open Letter to Mr. Obama: We Face a National Security Threat on Coal River Mountain
I write to you in a moment of urgency.
In your address at MIT last week, you told students that the “Pentagon has declared our dependence on fossil fuels to be a security threat.”
Here in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia, our mountain communities face a security threat that calls for immediate federal intervention.
Coal River Valley is a very narrow valley tucked in between Cherry Pond Mountain and Coal River Mountain. 贵族宝贝同城交友论坛
MTR Blast above the Webb Home, Coal River Valley WV Photo:Bo Webb
For additional information and to help stop the destruction at Coal River go to Coal River Mountain Watch, or I Love Mountains. Plundering Appalachia; The Tragedy of Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining is a gut-wrenching new book of photography and essays on the issue of MTR. Michael Shnayerson’s authoritative book Coal River provides an excellent history of the struggle. On November 12th, Discovery Channel will air the illuminating new documentary Coal Country.