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There is a coordinated day of action nationally against mountain top removal. Take a look at the picture. They are doijng this to our mountains, and the people of appalachia are sufferring for it. Heres how to take action in solidarity with appalachian folks who will also be participating in this day of action!
Down with King Coal! Save Appalachia - Stop Mountain Range

Take Action on February 10th!

There is an institution near you complicit in mountain range
removal coal mining. A coal company, an electric utility, a
government office, a bank, a lobbying firm.

This is a call for a simultaneous day of action against
mountain range removal across Appalachia, the US and the
world. Be as loud as you can in protest of watershed

Protest! Demonstrate! Make some phone calls! Send some
Turn off the lights! Take direct action!

Our demand is simple – stop mountain range removal and all
forms of destructive strip mining for coal.

The Appalachian Mountains are among the oldest mountains in
the world. They contain the most biologically diverse
temperate forest and freshwater aquatic ecosystems on the
planet. Two hundred million years of wind, water, and ice
have eroded the Appalachian mountains to about half of their
original height. Massey Energy Co., Arch Coal, National Coal
and other corporations have decided that that was much too
long and are trying to get the other half in only a few
decades. Greedy multinational corporations, with support
from corrupt government agencies, are perpetuating the
greatest ecological crime in history: the destruction of
water producing mountain ranges.

Groups and individuals across Appalachia are rising in
united protest against the increasing cultural and
environmental devastation caused by this most destructive
form of mining. Mountain range removal results in loss of
life, loss of employment, destruction of homes, and
elimination of communities throughout the coalfields.

In West Virginia alone, three million pounds of explosives
are detonated every day, over 600 square miles of mountains
have been reduced to barren wasteland, and more than 40,000
mining jobs have been eliminated. Valley fills have buried
over 1,200 miles of Appalachian streams forever. Billions of
gallons of chemical-laden sludge, restrained only by leaky,
failure-prone earthen dams, loom above our communities and
schools. Mountain range removal has expanded beyond West
Virginia and Kentucky and is a growing problem in Virginia
and Tennessee. Meanwhile, dirty politicians grant the coal
industry its every desire. Such a condition can no longer
be endured and will no longer be tolerated. It used to be
called mountain top removal but so many mountains have been
destroyed that it is now referred to as mountain RANGE
removal. It is a war against the earth.

Massey Coal Corporation is an evil mountain leveling
corporation and we need your help confronting this company
and King Coal in general. Massey busts unions, destroys
mountains and buys politicians. They are wrecking southern
West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. They are owned by the
billion dollar Fleur Corporation. Massey deserves your
attention on February 10th.

Here’s what you can do:

If you’re good at picketing-picket. If you’re good at
guerilla theatre, do it. If you can chalk, call, email or
take direct action - whatever you do best – do it. Call
your representatives (ick!), go to a nearby area doing an
action, see who is evil in your town, protest in front of
your federal building, issue press releases, protest your
utility company and demand they not buy coal from companies
involved with mountain range removal, protest your
university if they are using coal, picket Peabody, Massey,
National Coal, and lots more. Contact us if you’re in a
major city and need some suggested locations - there are
plenty. See the contact list below for websites, addresses
and other info. You can use the companies’ websites to
find out who they are, where their directors are from, where
their offices and mines are, etc… A google search on many
of these companies will also turn up whotheir investors are.

Do whatever you do best, but do it on Feb 10th. Our theme is
“as Massey as you wanna be? to express solidarity with
our friends in West Virginia. Don’t be limited though,
there are many different tentacles to the mountain devouring
corporate robber barons, so pick your target and give ‘em
some grief.

For the Mountains!

Appalachian Mountain Preservation Council
Ministry of Propaganda

Please let us know about your action. If you need more info,
please email:
annebonnylives (at)
johnjef (at)
bamsterman (at)
edge37343 (at)

Good websites with lots of mountain top removal info:,

Coal Contacts:

Feel free to contact the following and express your
disapproval of mountain range removal and all other forms of
destructive surface mining.

Massey Energy (destroyer of mountains, waterways and
communities in WV and KY, also viciously anti-union)
Massey Energy Company - 4 North 4th Street, Richmond,
Virginia 23219
Phone: 888-424-2417, 804-788-1824
Massey.Hotline (at)
Some of Massey’s top managers:
katherine.kenny (at),
john.parker (at),
michael.allen (at),
steve.sears (at),
gary.smith (at),
gary.temple (at),
tom.kielty (at),
thomas.dougherty (at)

A&G Coal Corporation (This is the VA company that killed a
little boy last fall with a runaway boulder)
Phone (276) 328-3421

National Coal Corporation (leading the charge for
destruction in TN)
National Coal - 8915 George Williams Rd. Knoxville, TN 37923
Phones: 865-769-3749, 865-690-6900, 866-703-COAL (toll Free)
Fax: 865-691-9982
Email: info (at),
investorrelations (at), sales (at),
jdavis (at)

Crestview Capital Funds (an institutional investor in NCC)
95 Revere Drive, Suite A, Northbrook, Illinois, 60062 Phone:
847-559-0060 Fax: 847-559-5807 Email: lisa (at)

Cunningham & Company (a public relations firm working for
730 W. Randolph St., 6th Floor Chicago, Illinois, 60661
Phone: 312-876-1070 Fax: 312-454-0261, Email:
info (at)

West Virginia Coal Association (lobbying group) P.O. Box
3923, Charleston, WV 25339 Phone: 304-342-4153 Fax: 304-342-7651
Staff of the WV Coal Ass:
President - Bill Raney - braney (at), Senior VP -
Chris Hamilton - chamilton (at)
VP - Dan Miller - dmiller (at), Regulatory Affairs -
Jason Bostic - jbostic (at)
Administrative Assistant - Sandi Davison -
sdavison (at)

Friends of Coal (another industry front group)
P.O. Box 3923 Charleston, WV 25339 1-866-982-2625

Just in case you hadn’t already heard – folks are
organizing for Mountain Justice Summer 2005. This will be a
coordinated effort to bring attention to the destruction
caused by mountain range removal and to confront the
corporate and government entities involved.

Please visit for more info.

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