Both presidential candidates have made statements acknowledging that they support ending Mountain Top Removal Coal mining!  We are making progress in abolishing the destruction of the Appalachian Mountains, but our work is not over yet. Research both Obama and McCain’s stances on the issue. Inform yourself about the plans that each of them have concerning extraction practices.

Check out this article by Ken Ward Jr. in the Charleston Gazette that highlights what both candidates are saying about their position on coal mining pracitces.

Words are cheap, so ask them how they plan to stop Mountain Top Removal.  Find out how they will promote economic diversity in Appalachia and protect the health and heritage of the mountains and its people.  Let both of the know that you expect them to follow through with their promises.

Contact the Obama Campaign here

Contact the McCain Campaign here

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.

Mahatma Ghandi

He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work.

Psalm 104:10‑13

Boone Co. WV, Rt. 85, Lim White Branch and Big Branch Creek headwaters

Boone Co. WV, Rt. 85, Lim White Branch and Big Branch Creek headwater, courtesy Vivian Stockman, OVEC

Do you think this is what God had in mind for his creation?  Mountain Top Removal severely damages waterways in Appalachia.  Over 1000 miles of streams have been buried in valley fills.  This is an area longer than the Ohio River! (OVEC)  Just imagine, a vast area where fish and other aquatic life used to swim, where people used to fish and enjoy God’s beautiful work,  now filled in with coal rubble and gone forever.  Not only are streams destroyed, but local citizens must deal with contaminated water on a daily basis. Check out this video to witness a resident of Boone County, WV changing his water filter in Prenter Hollow.