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Activists Send Message at Massey Energy Hearing: Coal is Dangerous

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Washington, D.C. (5/20/10)— Today activists with the Rainforest Action Network attended the 2:00pm Massey Energy hearing before the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee. RAN activists were present to ensure that Massey’s controversial CEO, Don Blankenship, was held accountable for his role in the April 5, 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion where 29 miners tragically died. They were also calling attention to the company’s repeated mine safety and environmental violations.

Rainforest Action Network Welcomes JPMorgan’s First Public Statement on Controversial Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

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Monday, May 17, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (May 17, 2010) – Just one day before their Annual General Shareholder meeting, JPMorgan Chase released their 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report including its first public statement on financing for companies that practice mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining.

JPMorgan Gets an “F” on Mining

In late March, I wrote about how Wall Street powerhouse JPMorgan Chase continues to fund coal companies that engage in mountaintop removal mining (MTR), a dangerous, environmentally devastating type of strip mining in which the peaks of mountains are literally blown off, exposing the seams of coal that run underneath.

Mother Jones
Thursday, May 13, 2010

JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America Called Out for Financing Mountaintop Removal

Mountaintop removal is one of those instinctively gut-wrenching things--it's never pretty to see natural habitats blown open to make room for coal mining. And yet, many of the biggest banks in the U.S. continue to fund the practice, according to a report from the Rainforest Action Network.

Fast Company
Friday, May 14, 2010

Bank of America Decision to Stop Funding Mountaintop Removal a Victory for Appalachia and Anti-Coal Movement

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO - Rainforest Action Network praised Bank of America today for its decision to phase out financing for companies that practice mountaintop removal coal mining, a highly destructive and controversial method of coal extraction. The announcement, part of a new coal policy released on the bank’s website, reads: “We…will phase out financing of companies whose predominant method of extracting coal is through mountain top removal.”

Protestors Tell Citi and Bank of America: "Not With Our Money, End Your Destructive Investments’"

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, MA - During the lunch rush at Harvard Square today, community groups, activists and students called on Citi and Bank of America to end the risky investment practices that are jeopardizing the homes and savings of American families, and threatening the global climate.

Dept. of Protests: Mountaintop removal edition


Editor's note: Yesterday, activists gathered outside of the EPA's Region III office at 16th and Arch to protest the truly hideous practice called mountaintop removal, in which coal companies literally dynamite mountains to gain easier access to the coal inside. We dispatched intern Emily Currier to the scene; she files this report:

Philadelphia City Paper
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

JP Morgan's War on Nature


How the Wall Street darling underwrites environmental Armageddon.

Mother Jones
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Rainforest Action Network Statement on EPA’s New Guidance for Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (April 1, 2010) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today a major new guidance document that provides the coal industry and coal-state regulators with “clarity” regarding the permitting of mountaintop removal coal mining. This comes just days after the EPA blocked the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, the largest mountaintop removal permit in West Virginia history. Following is a statement by Amanda Starbuck of the Rainforest Action Network.

Rainforest Action Network Statement on EPA Veto of Spruce Mine Permit

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Friday, March 26, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (September 10, 2009) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it intends to block the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, the largest mountaintop removal permit in West Virginia history. Following is a statement by Amanda Starbuck, Rainforest Action Network’s Global Finance Campaign Director.