Center for Biological Diversity

Save Coal River Mountain

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Help save the only intact mountain left in Coal River Valley, West Virginia. Two weeks ago, coal-industry giant Massey Energy began blasting away at Coal River Mountain -- shattering the hopes of citizens who had been fighting for years to save it, and making it the tallest peak ever blasted apart for mountaintop-removal coal mining. This radical form of mining -- in which the tops of mountains are blown off to expose coal seams and then all the wastes are dumped directly into streams -- annihilates forests, completely buries streams, and kills all wildlife in its path.

To make matters even worse, the blasting is only 200 yards from a coal slurry dam -- the only thing preventing 8 billion gallons of toxic sludge from flooding the community below. Studies predict that if the dam is breached, residents will have only minutes to evacuate before a 50-foot wall of potentially lethal mining waste washes over their community.

Every other peak in this devastated watershed has been blown apart by the coal industry. Coal River Valley can't afford to lose its last remaining peak.

Please use the form below to email the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency today. Ask them to intervene and save Coal River Mountain.

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Brushy Fork slurry impoundment photo by Vivian Stockman, flight courtesy Southwings.