The iLoveMountains.org community is saddened by the tragic loss of 29 courageous men in the recent mine disaster in West Virginia. We have fought for years to protect Appalachian communities from the devastation caused by mountaintop removal and we believe that protecting Appalachian communities also means ensuring the safety of miners.
Massey Energy's corner-cutting mentality led to unsafe working conditions at the Upper Big Branch Mine and other facilities. As the largest operator of mountaintop removal mines, and recipient of the largest penalty in the history of the Clean Water Act, Massey also has contributed to unsafe living conditions in communities near their mines. Protecting Appalachian communities and miners means holding companies like Massey responsible.
Congressman Nick Rahall, Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and leading proponent of mine safety, recently said, "this mining catastrophe shows us that there is still much more that must be done to protect those who enter the mines each day working to support their families."
We agree with Congressman Rahall and support his efforts to strengthen the regulations that protect the safety of our nation's miners.
Please sign the letter of support to Congressman Rahall for his stance on miner safety.
Lorelei Scarbro, a community organizer with Coal River Mountain Watch, whose husband died of black lung and whose has family that works at the Upper Big Branch Mine, will hand deliver the letter of support to his office.