Hobet Mine Shutdown, a Photo Diary

By: Monday August 6, 2012 4:16 pm

I was invited to photograph the protest and shutdown of the Hobet Mine in Boone and Lincoln Counties in West Virginia last week. The organizers knew me from my participation in the Blair Mountain March last year. This is the biggest mountaintop removal mine in the US, I am told. I was not aware of the location selected until we got there.

 

Massey CEO Set to Open More Coal Mines

By: Monday December 12, 2011 4:22 pm

Don Blankenship was head of Massey Energy when 29 coal miners lost their lives in a massive explosion. Forced to resign, he has been largely invisible since.

Now he’s filed papers to start another coal mine venture.

FDL Movie Night – The Last Mountain

By: Monday June 27, 2011 5:00 pm

An epic portrait of one community’s long-time battle to take on Massey Energy lawlessness and their Big Coal sycophants in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia, The Last Mountain just might be one of the most timely and game-changing films in years. Beautifully filmed, at once provocative and disquieting, The Last Mountain wonderfully captures the inspiring resistance and indefatigable campaigns of coal mining families — and their outside supporters — to stand up and defend their land and lives.

Anti-Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Activists March on Blair Mountain

By: Tuesday June 7, 2011 9:50 am

From Marmet, West Virginia, to Blair, West Virginia, hundreds are marching across the Appalachian region throughout this week to honor the historic labor event known as the Battle of Blair Mountain. This event designed to remember one of the largest battles in US labor history, however, is not just about history. A coalition known as Appalachia Rising is using the five-day march to call attention and protest mountaintop removal coal mining.

EPA Blocks Major Mountaintop Mining Project

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 12:45 pm

Today, the EPA flat-out revoked the permit for one of the largest mountaintop removal projects in the nation.

WV Sen: Manchin Ad Literally Takes a Shot at Obama-Endorsed Legislation

By: Monday October 11, 2010 1:20 pm

There is no better sign of just how deeply unpopular the Obama administration is in West Virginia than the newest ad from Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin. Manchin makes taking on some of the tent poles of this administration central to the ad, and uses the language of the right to do so: repealing the “bad parts” of “Obamacare,” and keeping the federal government “off our backs.” He quite literally takes a shot at “Cap and Trade” legislation.

Note to GOP: Voters Don’t Like Being Called Hicks [Update: Ad Pulled from Web]

By: Thursday October 7, 2010 9:01 am

In case the National Republican Senatorial Committee never got the memo, I think now is a good time to remind them that working class Americans don’t like it when people call them hicks behind their backs, especially when the epithets come from out-of-state political operatives.

WV Sen: NRSC Brings the Heat with $1 Million Ad Buy Against Manchin

By: Friday September 24, 2010 3:00 pm

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is launching in $1 million ad buy in the West Virginia Senate race in a serious attempt to expand the Senate playing field; they must now see this state as winnable.

WV-Sen: The Democratic School for Negotiating to Get What Your Opponent Wants

By: Tuesday July 20, 2010 4:30 pm

Republicans, in the minority in West Virginia’s legislature, now understand that they can basically push around the majority to meet their desired ends.

That’s a familiar tale in this short era of Democratic control in Washington. Looks like it’s spreading outside the Beltway, too.

Water Is Wet, and a West Virginia Senator Opposes Coal Industry Regulations

By: Friday July 16, 2010 5:20 pm

New West Virginia Senator Carte Goodwin opposes any cap and trade legislation before the Senate, CQ reports.

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