Urgent Action Need: We Face a National Security Threat on Coal River Mountain
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I fight for my community today with that same spirit of love of freedom and democracy. But freedom and democracy, and protection from security threats, are being denied in Coal River Valley today.
Mr. President, I ask you to step in and halt the terror of mountaintop removal blasting on Coal River Mountain, and call for an immediate investigation of the mining permits, the endangerment of the Brushy Fork impoundment dam, and the impact of the mining operation on our communities, and our watersheds. And I ask you to hold to your bold commitment to clean energy for the nation -- including Appalachia -- as you stated at MIT last week, and invest in the Coal River Wind project.
At the very least, representatives from the Council on Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Interior must make an immediate fact-finding visit to the Coal River Valley.
Finally, Mr. President, I ask you to have the Department of Justice investigate what happened at the Army Corps hearing in Charleston, West Virginia, on October 13th -- one of the darkest days in our democracy in the coalfields.
As I write this, Massey Energy is poised to unleash even greater terror upon us by blasting Coal River Mountain to ashes, while our lives hover below in the balance.
As "America the Beautiful," reminds us, our only hope is for "Thy liberty in law."
Sincerely, and with great respect,