If coal companies get their way, southwest Virginia’s beautiful and iconic Ison Rock Ridge will be blown to pieces by explosives and turned into a 1,200 acre mountaintop removal coal mining site.
Mining operations could even take place within 300 feet of some community members’ homes, but incredibly, the State of Virginia isn’t doing anything to protect its residents.
The Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to block the mining permit and save Ison Rock Ridge — and a decision is expected soon.
Our friends at the Sierra Club and Wise Energy for Virginia are hosting a rally outside the EPA’s headquarters in Washington on Wednesday to make sure the agency knows that allowing mountaintop removal mining at Ison Rock Ridge is unacceptable. Here are the details:
Speakers at Wednesday’s rally will include Wise County residents working to save Ison Rock Ridge, faith leaders and others involved in the crucial fight against mountaintop removal coal mining.
In June more than 1,600 CREDO action members in Virginia submitted public comments telling the EPA to block the permit for mountaintop removal mining at Ison Rock Ridge. That’s a great start, but now that the EPA is close to making a decision we need to take the fight directly to its doorstep.
That’s why community members from Wise County are making the trip to Washington for Wednesday’s rally, where they’ll be joined by hundreds of concerned activists from the DC area.
A big crowd at next week’s rally will make it more likely that the EPA blocks this dangerous and environmentally destructive permit. Can you join us to speak out against mountaintop removal coal mining? Click here to RSVP for Wednesday’s rally.
When: Wednesday November 16, 12PM-1PM
Where: EPA Headquarters, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.