Coal River Mountain Watch (CRMW) was begun in 1998 as a small grass roots organization in response to fears from those living downstream from large mountain top removal sites. They have become a large, important non-profit organization fighting for the social, economic and environmental justice of rural Appalachia.
Coal River Mountain Watch (CRMW) is a non-profit working in
communities impacted by the coal industry in southern West Virginia. CRMW pulls
together local awareness and technical know-how to fight for the welfare of
those threatened by the coal industry, pressuring agencies in charge of regulations
to do their jobs to protect the health of communities and creating policy
change through education of the public and political representatives. Environmental
justice through education and mobilization of citizen organization is a major
focus of CRMW.
CRMW was begun in 1998 as a small grass roots organization
in response to fears from those living downstream from large mountain top
removal sites and sludge dams. They began
small but have become a major voice in fighting for social, economic and environmental
justice in southern West Virginia. Robert
F. Kennedy, Jr. included the group and their fight in his book Crimes Against Nature.
They would like to see stronger, self-sufficient communities
in control of their own natural resources. Big coal industry has removed the
coal wealth from southern West Virginia for generations, leaving behind polluted
water, destroying the unique culture and way of life of Appalachia. State
government, political leaders and regulatory agencies have continued to allow careless
mining practices to continue despite local opposition and clear indications of detrimental
impacts on public health and natural resources.
There is only one mountain left in the Coal River mountain
range that has not been touched by Mountaintop removal. That mountain is under constant watch and the
coal companies constantly want to mine it.
This is the topic of the movie The
Taken from the Coal River Mountain Watch website. http://www.crmw.net/.