Mountaintop Removal

Lenny Kohm worked at Appalachian Voices for nearly 13 years, during which time his wisdom and deep understanding of what moves people to take action became woven into the fabric of the organization.
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The Book of Lenny

BOONE, NC — “Lenny had little patience for tactics that were not part of a plausible path to victory. “Never let your tactic become your goal,” he often warned. And while he had nothing against conferences or demonstrations, anyone who suggested holding one with Lenny present had to be prepared […]

Massey Energy Co. chief executive Don Blankenship testifies in May 2010 at the U.S. Senate’s Health and Human Services subcommittee hearing on mine safety, just a few weeks after 29 miners died at the Massey-operated Upper Big Branch Mine, in Raleigh County.
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Longtime Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship indicted

CHARLESTON, WV — “Don Blankenship, the longtime chief executive officer of Massey Energy, was indicted Thursday on charges that he orchestrated the routine violation of key federal mine safety rules at the company’s Upper Big Branch Mine prior to an April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners. A federal grand […]

Longtime activist and friend of the mountains, Lenny Kohm dies
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Longtime activist and friend of the mountains, Lenny Kohm dies

TODD, NC — Lenny Kohm, photojournalist, activist and friend of the mountains died last week in his home in North Carolina. Lenny came to Ohio in 2008 as an organizer with Appalachian Voices to work with Ohio Citizen Action on our campaign to stop mountaintop removal mining. He was a kind […]

Obama’s mountaintop coal mining legacy still to be determined
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Obama’s mountaintop coal mining legacy still to be determined

WASHINGTON, DC — “President Barack Obama’s record in Appalachian and coal mining communities is up for debate five years after his administration took ‘unprecedented steps’ to protect the environment from the effects of mountaintop removal coal mining. The Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Interior […]

Photo by Vivan Stockman, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, flyover courtesy of Southwings.
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Science and silence: Politicians continue to run from mountaintop removal public health studies

CHARLESTON, SC — “The Obama administration put the brakes on some key U.S. Geological Survey research into the public health effects of mountaintop removal coal mining in Southern West Virginia. As our story reported: Two years ago, Bill Orem and his team of researchers were setting up air monitors in […]

Victory at Blair Mountain!
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Victory at Blair Mountain!

LOGAN CO, WV — “WVDEP has issued an order to Aracoma Coal that will prohibit any surface mining within 1,000 ft. of the Blair Battlefield until 2018 when the permit comes up for renewal. More importantly, OSMRE, a federal agency, has confirmed and established the legal steps to take so […]

“Music for the Mountains 2” nominated for Cincinnati Entertainment Award Album of the Year
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“Music for the Mountains 2” nominated for Cincinnati Entertainment Award Album of the Year

CINCINNATI — “Cincinnati’s alternative news and arts paper, Cincinnati City Beat, announced nominees last week for the 2014 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, including a nod to “Music for the Mountains 2” for best album. The award ceremony began 17 years ago as a way to recognize the diversity, talent and achievements […]

CDs and T-Shirts available for the holidays or any time
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CDs and T-Shirts available for the holidays or any time

Wear your support for Ohio Citizen Action 100% cotton shirts. Men’s brown with green design. Ladies’ yellow with green design. $20 includes shipping Men’s Sizes BROWN smallmediumlargex-large2x-large3x-large Ladies’ Sizes YELLOW mediumlarge Music for the Mountains CD – 23 unique tracks not available anywhere else List of tracks for the “Music […]

Music for the Mountains 2 CD available for purchase
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Music for the Mountains 2 CD available for purchase

23 unique tracks not available anywhere else List of tracks for the “Music for the Mountains 2″ compilation CD 01 Traditional Fiddle Tune #1 – Uncle Mike Carr 02 Gospel Plow – The Tillers 03 Coal – The Bear 04 Appalachian Home – Magnolia Mountain 05 Sowing on the Mountain […]

Can music save mountains?
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Can music save mountains?

Benefit to spread awareness about mountaintop removal mining returns and IsWhat?! curates a night of art CINCINNATI — “The Music for the Mountains (MftM) project has been a great example of the power music still has to get things done and have a sociopolitical impact. Prior to the music-driven venture’s […]