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Breaking: Activists disrupt Arch Coal corporate headquarters

January 22 2013. Source: RAMPS

Photo: RAMPS

Photo: RAMPS

Seven protesters affiliated with the RAMPS campaign (Radical Action for Mountain Peoples’ Survival), MORE(Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment) and Mountain Justice are locked down to a 500-pound small potted tree in Arch Coal’s third-floor headquarters while a larger group is in the lobby performing a song and dance.  Additionally, a helium balloon banner with the message “John Eaves Your Coal Company Kills”, directed at the Arch Coal CEO was released in at the Arch Coal headquarters.

“We’re here to halt Arch’s operations for as long as we can. These coal corporations do not answer to communities, they only consume them.  We’re here to resist their unchecked power,” explained Margaret Fetzer, one of the protestors.

Arch Coal, the second largest coal company in the U.S., operates strip mines in Appalachia and in other U.S. coal basins. Strip mining is an acutely destructive and toxic method of mining coal, and resource extraction disproportionately impacts marginalized communities. Continue reading

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Breaking News: International environmental NGO observer mission to Palestine: “The occupation is an injustice”

August 30, 2012.  Source: Friends of the Earth International

AMSTERDAM / RAMALLAH (WEST BANK), 30 August 2012 – Upon invitation of Friends of the Earth Palestine (Pengon), a Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) delegation is visiting the West Bank to observe the environmental injustices of the occupation and to gather testimonies and evidence from those affected. [1] [2]

For two days, Friends of the Earth International Executive Committee Member Mr Bobby Peek of South Africa, and Mr Eurig Scandrett, Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth Scotland, have met with local mayors, administrators, and community people in the West Bank. The environmental impact of the Israeli occupation is evident throughout the West Bank. Untreated Israeli sewage and industrial waste contaminates Palestinian land. Pollution from Israeli factories damages Palestinian lungs. Palestinian water is denied to Palestinians so that Israeli settlers can live comfortably on Palestinian land. The delegates have recorded stories of the use of military force to destroy Palestinian cisterns and wells.

As Mr Eurig Scandrett observes: “The theft of resources and the pollution of land and water are designed to serve only the interests of the apartheid state of Israel. This is nothing short of an environmental nakba” [3].

FoEI’s vision is of a peaceful and sustainable world based on societies living in harmony with nature; a society founded on social, economic, gender and environmental justice, and free from all forms of domination and exploitation, such as neoliberalism, corporate globalization, colonialism, neo-colonialism and militarism. What the FoEI Observer Mission witnessed was almost the opposite.

The unequal relationship between the peoples of Israel and Palestine is perpetuated by military might. As long as this occupation continues the Palestinian people will face environmental injustices resulting in both the destruction of the peoples’ health and well-being, and their environments.

As Mr Peek declares: “We need to take seriously the concerns of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as he pronounced on the apartheid nature of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine land. The occupying of Palestinian lands is a challenge FoEI deals with globally in the form of poor people losing their land through undemocratic landgrabs by multinational corporations and governments. FoEI rejects attempts to normalise the situation and supports the Palestinian people in their mobilisation and resistance to the occupation.”

 FOR MORE INFORMATION

Abeer Al Butmah of Friends of the Earth Palestine (Pengon) at info@pengon.org, phone: +972-22966317

Eurig Scandrett at escandrett@qmu.ac.uk

Bobby Peek at bobby@groundwork.org.za

Friends of the Earth International Press Office: phone +31-20-6221369

 

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Three hundred people breach earthen dam, free Xingu River from Belo Monte mega-dam project

Cross-posted from Amazon Watch via Earth First Newswire

June 15, 2012, Belo Monte, Brazil. While the Brazilian Government prepares to host the Rio+20 United Nations Earth Summit, 3,000 kilometers north in the country’s Amazon region indigenous peoples, farmers, fisherfolk, activists and local residents affected by the construction of the massive Belo Monte Dam project began a symbolic peaceful occupation of the dam site to “free the Xingu River.”

 

In the early morning hours, three hundred women and children arrived in the hamlet of Belo Monte on the Transamazon Highway, and marched onto a temporary earthen dam recently built to impede the flow of the Xingu River. Using pick axes and shovels, local people who are being displaced by the project removed a strip of earthen dam to restore the Xingu’s natural flow.

Residents gathered in formation spelling out the words “Pare Belo Monte” meaning “Stop Belo Monte” to send a powerful message to the world prior to the gathering in Rio and demanding the cancellation of the $18 billion Belo Monte dam project (aerial photos of the human banner available upon request).
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Greenpeace Occupies Oil Rigs off Coast of Greenland

Greenpeace activists evaded a massive security operation and scaled Cairn Energy’s controversial oil rig (Stena Don) off Greenland. They have stopped Cairn’s drilling.

After dodging Danish Navy commandos in Greenpeace’s inflatable speedboats, activists from 4 countries climbed up the inside of the rig and are now occupying the rig in tents suspended from ropes.

CTV Canada’s AM Reports:   The people who made it aboard the Stena Don are expert climbers and have managed to set up hanging tents from the rig’s platform. Greenpeace said they have been equipped with enough supplies to stay there for several days.

American Sim McKenna, one of the four people aboard the Stena Don, said the climbers are hoping for continued success.

“We’ve got to keep the energy companies out of the Arctic and kick our addiction to oil, that’s why we’re going to stop this rig from drilling for as long as we can,” McKenna said in a statement released by Greenpeace Tuesday.

Deen said Greenpeace has sent climbers to the oil rig to draw attention to the risks that Cairn’s oil operations pose for the environment.

Yesterday’s Global Justice Ecology Project’s Earth Minute for KPFK’s (L.A. Pacifica) Sojourner Truth show warned:

“…The initiation of oil drilling in the icy Artic seas off Greenland is a modern warning of the potentially disastrous consequences of society’s obsession with oil.

Scottish based Cairn energy is drilling for oil in an area known as “iceberg alley.”  This pristine region is home to 80% of the world’s narwhals, as well as majestic blue whales, polar bears, seals, and numerous migratory birds.

An iceberg-drill rig collision here would be devastating.  The region’s extreme weather could allow a ruptured well to continue gushing oil for 2 years.  Oil would be trapped under thick sheets of ice, making cleanup almost impossible….”

To listen to the full Earth Minute click here!

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Occupation at the EPA Headquarters in D.C.

Click the link below to hear the soundtrack that the activists are playing on site.

Mountaintop Removal Soundtrack

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday July 8, 2010

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Activists Stage Creative Sit-In at EPA Headquarters to Call for Stronger Action on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Blasting John Denver’s ‘Take me Home, Country Roads’ in the EPA HQ, activists said: “We’re sitting down so the EPA will stand up for Appalachia’s drinking water.”

Appalachia Residents and Environmentalists Disappointed at EPA’s Decision to Approve Large Coal Permit Under New Mountaintop Mining Guidelines

WASHINGTON- Today, activists with the Rainforest Action Network staged sit-in at the EPA headquarters to demand stronger protection for Appalachia’s drinking water and an end to the devastating practice of mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining.

After entering the EPA building, activists sat down in the center of the lobby, locked themselves together with metal ‘lock boxes,’ and began to play West Virginia’s adopted state song, John Denver’s ‘Take me Home, Country Roads,’ with intermittent sounds of Appalachia’s mountains being blown apart by MTR explosives spliced into the song. An additional activist climbed to the top of the EPA front door on Constitution Ave and hung a banner reading: ‘Blowing up mountains for coal contaminates Appalachia’s water, Stop MTR.’

“We’re sitting down inside the EPA to demand the EPA stand up to protect Appalachia’s precious drinking water, historic mountains and public health from the devastation of mountaintop removal,” said Scott Parkin of Rainforest Action Network, who participated in the sit-in. “At issue here is not whether mountaintop removal mining is bad for the environment or human health, because we know it is and the EPA has said it is. At issue is whether President Obama’s EPA will do something about it. So far, it seems it is easier to poison Appalachia’s drinking water than to defy King Coal.”

With the nation’s eyes on the BP disaster, the EPA, without publicly announcing the action, recently gave the green light for a major new mountaintop removal coal mining permit in Logan County, West Virginia. The permit would allow the destruction of nearly three miles of currently clean streams and 760 acres of forest, in a county where at least 13 percent of the land has already been permitted for surface coal mining. This is the first permit decision the EPA has issued under the new MTR guidelines, which came out last April and were anticipated to provide tougher oversight of the practice.

“This is a devastating first decision under guidelines that had offered so much hope for Appalachian residents who thought the EPA was standing up for their health and water quality in the face of a horrific mining practice,” said Amanda Starbuck of the Rainforest Action Network. “The grand words being spoken by Administrator Jackson in Washington are simply not being reflected in the EPA’s actions on-the-ground. Moving forward, it is clear that the EPA cannot end mountaintop removal coal mining pollution, as it has committed to, without abolishing mountaintop removal all together.”
For decades, Appalachian residents have been decrying the impact of mountaintop removal coal mining-the practice of blowing up whole mountains (and dumping the toxic debris into nearby streams and valleys) to reach seams of coal. Environmentalists, leading scientists, congressional representatives and even late coal state Senator Byrd have all called for the end to this mining practice.

A paper released in January 2009 by a dozen leading scientists in the journal Science concluded that mountaintop coal mining is so destructive that the government should stop giving out new permits all together. “The science is so overwhelming that the only conclusion that one can reach is that mountaintop mining needs to be stopped,” said Margaret Palmer, a professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences and the study’s lead author.

Since 1992, nearly 2,000 miles of Appalachian streams have been filled at a rate of 120 miles per year by surface mining practices. A recent EPA study found elevated levels of highly toxic selenium in streams downstream from valley fills. These impairments are linked to contamination of surface water supplies and resulting health concerns, as well as widespread impacts to stream life in downstream rivers and streams. Further, the estimated scale of deforestation from existing Appalachian surface mining operations is equivalent in size to the state of Delaware.

The Pine Creek permit is currently awaiting approval from the Army Corps of Engineers.

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