Organizations

The following are organizations, citizen groups, collectives, and movements who are working on issues surrounding moutaintop removal. They are listed alphabetically.

Appalachian Center for the Economy & the Environment
The Appalachian Center is a regional law and policy organization. The Center works together with individual citizens and grassroots citizens’ groups to clarify, analyze and act on the environmental and economic issues that affect our communities. The Center is working to stop mountaintop removal coal mining, to protect communities from the adverse health effects caused by water and air pollution generated by resource extraction, coal burning power plants, and other destructive practices, and to protect and restore the region’s hardwood forests, which are the most biologically diverse and productive temperate hardwood forests in the world.

Appalachian Citizens Law Center
The Appalachian Citizens Law Center is a non-profit law firm in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. We provide free legal services to persons and citizens’ groups who have legal issues related to coal mining, logging, drilling, and other resource-related practices in Central Appalachia.

Appalachian Voices
Appalachian Voices brings people together to solve the environmental problems having the greatest impact on the central and southern Appalachian Mountains. Joining with other concerned citizens of this region is the most effective way to make your voice heard.

Citizens Coal Council
The Citizens Coal Council is a grassroots citizens group and individuals who work for social and environmental justice. The Citizens Coal Council and its members strive to:
Protect people, homes, water, communities, and the environment from coal mining damage.
Restore law and order by enforcing the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.
Help each other win our issues.

Coal River Mountain Watch (CRMW)
CRMW is a member-driven organization. Our members speak from the heart about how the coal industry has affected their lives–from the effects of overweight trucks to coal dust to MTR.
The mission of Coal River Mountain Watch is to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountaintop removal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area and to help rebuild sustainable communities.

Earthjustice
Earthjustice is working on policy and legislation in the fight against MTR, including an active legal case in West Virgina.

Katuah Earth First! (KEF!)
Southern Appalachia is currently undergoing its most destructive round of mining yet. KEF! is working in partnership with a wide range of communities and non-profits to help put a stop to this crime against nature.

Keeper of the Mountains Foundation (KOTM)
KOTM was created to fund Larry Gibson’s efforts to preserve and foster the values of moutain culture. KOTM also supports his ongoing effort to tell the story of the destruction of Kayford Mountain and the surrounding community as a result of mountain top removal.

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth(KFTC)
We’re gonna stop it [mountaintop removal] by fighting in the courts the make sure current laws, like the Clean Water Act, are enforced. We’re gonna do it by lobbying our state officials to pass new laws, like the stream saver bill. We’re gonna stop it revealing the true cost of coal. We’re gonna stop it by educating ourselves and our members about their rights and the tools they need to organize in their home communities. We’re gonna do it by working with people all over Kentucky, like authors and students, to expose what is truly happening and what we can do to stop it.

Mountain Justice Summer
Mountain Justice Summer is a call to action and a request for help from the people of the Appalachia mountains for help in saving our mountains, streams–and forest from greedy coal companies.

Goals of Mountain Justice Summer

*Raise world-wide awareness of Mountain Top Removal mining and its effects.
*Escalate resistance to Mountain Top Removal from a regional to a national level.
*Build our support base for the campaign.
*Unify and strengthen regional groups fighting Mountain Top Removal.
*Mobilize coordinated days of action using tactics ranging from public outreach to civil resistance.
*Maintain safety as a high priority throughout the summer.
*Debunk the myth of “clean coal” and “jobs versus the environment”.
*Encourage conservation, efficiency, solar and wind energy as alternatives to Mountain Top Removal and all forms of surface mining.

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC)
OVEC keeps you up to date on mountaintop removal / valley fill coal mining.

Save Our Cumberland Mountains (SOCM) Strip Mine Committee
The Strip Mine Committee is currently working to stop Mountaintop Removal from spreading in Tennessee. We want the Governor to use Tennessee’s Water Quality Law to prevent mountaintop removal from spreading across east Tennessee.

Southwings
SouthWings is a non-profit conservation organization that provides skilled pilots and aerial education to enhance conservation efforts across the Southeast. Mountaintop Removal Mining: 48 flights with 126 passengers, representing 66 organizations.

United Mountain Defense (UMD)
United Mountain Defense (UMD) is a nonprofit organization committed to halting mountaintop removal coal mining (otherwise referred to as cross ridge or contour mining) in Tennessee. UMD conducts activities in three principle areas: legal and policy advocacy; scientific monitoring and data collection; and public education, outreach and grassroots organizing.

West Virginia Highlands Conservancy
The Conservancy continues its vigorous opposition to this environmentally destructive method of mining by engaging with others in litigation, education, actions, publicity and research. WVHC joined OVEC, CRMW and the Appalachian Center in comments objecting to over 40 inadequate industry applications to the Army Corps of Engineers for 404 fill permits and is currently a co-plaintiff in legal action opposing the Corps’ illegal permitting of large-scale mines without the required scientific study and review. We are also working with groups to oppose weakening amendments to environmental law, and are supporting local and regional community efforts to inform the nation and world of the travesty of justice called mountaintop removal.

West Virginia Rivers Coalition (WVRC)
WVRC’s mission is to “seek the conservation and restoration of West Virginia’s exceptional rivers and streams”. The goals pursuant to that mission include preserving the high quality waters of the state, and improving those waters that should be of a higher quality.

*I can’t tell from WVRC’s MTR page about their efforts, but the site contains MTR information resources.

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