MTR, or mountaintop removal coal mining, is an act of war against our Earth. On March 19, activists from Rainforest Action Network erected tripods in front of the EPA and locked down to them. After 31 hours and no arrests, the climbers came down.
There was much support from EPA employees in the air quality division, but little attention from those working water quality issues-even though the heart of the demands made by the MTR protesters concerns the effect of mountaintop removal coal mining on water quality!
A key demand of the protest was that EPA administrator Lisa Jackson agree to tour the mountains stricken by this abomination. As the tripod sitters came down, there was no solid commitment about this, but it seemed that interest in the issue had been stirred up.
Unless MTR coal mining is stopped, this sort of thing will continue to escalate. This is the last stand for the Appalachian mountains, and people seem to be commmitted to doing whatever it takes to prevent their total destruction!
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