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Come to West Virginia for a Teach-In on Mountaintop Removal!

August 10, 2013
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Mountaintop Removal Mining | Photo Credit: Dave Cooper. From: Blog for Iowa

On August 15th, in Charleston, West Virginia, Citizen Action for Real Enforcement (CARE) is holding a teach-in about mountaintop removal.

The CARE campaign, composed of 18 civic, faith, and environmental groups, including the Coal River Mountain Watch, was launched this past June when they filed a formal legal petition  with the Federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, claiming widespread problems with the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) enforcement of the Surface Mine Control and Reclamation Act and demanding federal intervention.

The teach-in hopes to mobilize a larger base of residents failed by the DEP and to develop strategies around holding the DEP accountable.

Our fight here in Pennsylvania against fracking is united with the resistance against mountaintop removal.  We know that the extractive industries are all working together. So WE must all be working together to put a stop to extreme energy extraction.

Read on for the details of the upcoming teach-in, provided by the Coal River Mountain Watch :

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Coal River Mountain Watch – Appalacia Rising

“Blasting dust won’t harm you because it dissipates in the wind.” “Blasting makes sludge dams stronger.” “Blasting had nothing to do with it; the trees made your well go dry.” Our state agency entrusted to protect the people and environment sure tells some doozies. How gullible do they think you are?

With compelling scientific evidence of mountaintop removal coal mining’s harm to our health, air, and water, how could the WV Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) refuse to enforce the most basic laws intended to protect us?  We wondered that too.  To hold the DEP accountable, in June we filed a formal legal petition for the federal Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation, and Enforcement (OSM) to take over the DEP’s mining program. Along with 17 other civic, faith, and environmental groups, we launched the Citizen Action for Real Enforcement (CARE) campaign to see that the OSM does the right thing. We urgently need your help.

Our next step is the Aug. 15 Teach-in that we’re hosting in Charleston, WV, to mobilize a larger base of residents failed by the DEP. The CARE Teach-in will review the petition, discuss the DEP’s many failures to protect our citizens and communities, and explore ways to address those failures. The event is from 6-8 PM, Thursday, August 15, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd West, Charleston, WV 25302. It’s free and open to the public, with pizza and beverages provided. Please donate to support this work.     – Coal River Mountain Watch

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