Bo Webb, acheact.org, 304-237-0065, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vern Haltom, Coal River Mountain Watch, 304-952-4610, email@example.com
Maria Gunnoe, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, 304-245-8481, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Rank, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, 304-924-5802, email@example.com
Bill Price, WV Chapter of the Sierra Club, 304-389-8822, Bill.Price@sierraclub.org
Allen Johnson, Christians for the Mountains, 304-799-4137, firstname.lastname@example.org
When: 11 a.m. March 16
Where: Outside WV Department of Environmental Protection headquarters
601 57th Street SE, Charleston, WV 25304
Why: The WV DEP continues to ignore the studies that show mountaintop removal is drastically harming our health and cutting our lives short. The DEP continues to issue mountaintop removal permits that allow the coal industry to blast West Virginia mountains with high explosives, unleashing fine particulates of silica, aluminum, and molybdenum dust. These dust particulates are proven to promote lung tumors. Time to put your foot down! No more mountaintop removal permits.
Who: The People’s Foot, a coalition of groups working to end mountaintop removal.
More info: 10 billboards about this rally are now up around Charleston, WV. The rally will feature speakers, music and free T-shirts for the first 125 people who show up. A ride-share board is set up online.
OVEC thanks the Appalachian Community Fund for helping to fund this event.