Support Coal River Mountain Wind Project

Coal River Mountain is one of the last mountains left intact in the beautiful Coal River Valley of West Virginia. However, Massey Energy has plans to mine 6,000 acres of the mountain - or almost 10 square miles via mountaintop Removal. The proposed mining would bury over 20 miles of streams with valley fills, contaminate local water resources, put local communities in further danger of flash floods, and completely eliminate the available wind resource.

Fortunately, there is an alternative to mountaintop removal mining on Coal River Mountain %u2013 wind power. This is a unique opportunity to move our nation and the state of West Virginia toward the production of clean energy, and to preserve God's creation for generations to come. The Christian community has become increasingly vocal in the biblical call of environmental stewardship and thereby very supportive of alternative energy resources.

Tell Gov. Manchin that it is important to your faith and the people of southern WV that he halt the destruction Coal River Mountain and support the Coal River Wind Project.

Dear Governor Manchin, 

The Christian community has become increasingly vocal in the biblical call of environmental stewardship and thereby very supportive of the implementation of alternative energy resources. This movement has especially taken interest in southern West Virginia, more specifically in Coal River Mountain and in the Coal River Wind Project. This past November, over 40 representatives of various churches and Christian colleges across the nation joined together to see the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining on the land and communities of southern West Virginia. They learned of the alternative to the destruction of Coal River Mountain through the execution of the Coal River Wind Project and are currently voicing their support through action at their respective churches and campuses across the nation.  

A coalition between Restoring Eden and Christians for the Mountains has been formed under their shared national and local support of the Coal River Wind Project. Restoring Eden, a national Christian environmental organization doing international work, focuses their attention on halting mountaintop removal efforts in West Virginia. Christians for the Mountains, a local Christian environmental organization, works towards the same goal. We are dedicated to being ethical stewards of God's creation, especially in the communities of southern West Virginia.

Support of the Coal River Wind Project pertains to our faith in several different ways: 

  • God calls us to sustain creation for future generations. (Psalm 8:6-8)  By supporting this project, we could harness energy from God's glorious earth while keeping it in tact for future generations. Where MTR inhibits long term sustainability, this project would allow for immediate and long term utilization.  We believe that God has gifted us creation so that we may leave it as a gift for those generations after us.

     

  • God calls us to walk with those in unjust systems.  (Proverbs 31:8-9, Matthew 25:34-40) God calls us to care about the rights of all people, especially those with a lack of options. We intend to follow these teachings and help bring more opportunities to all of God's children in southern West Virginia. By supporting The Coal River Wind Project, you would give the residents of the Coal River Valley more sustainable economic options, including profits that would stay in the region. You would help create more economic potential; Ginseng could be harvested, sustainable forestry could be practiced, mountain tourism could prosper, and the wind farm could generate over ten times more county revenue than mountaintop removal operations.
 
  • God calls us to protect what belongs to him. (Genesis 2:15-17) We have witnessed how mountaintop removal mining poisons drinking water, diminishes health of nearby residents, increases flooding and devastates wildlife habitat.  We believe that God has called us to tend to his garden, and we must seek more sustainable and less damaging practices. 
 

This project is an excellent model for sustainable energy and will challenge and inspire others to follow in West Virginia%u2019s footsteps. This is a great opportunity for you to act on your commitment to renewable energy for the improvement and diversification of the local economy and community.  

As Christians, we strongly support the Coal River Wind Project and we urge and pray that you do the same.  
 
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