Yesterday at the House Judiciary Committee after nearly 2 hours of debate, legislators gutted a bill that would have banned the practice of underground coal slurry injection.  Although there has been a temporary ban on the practice for two years, 13 operations are exempted from the moratorium, and a complete permanent ban is badly needed.

Maria Lambert water intro from On Coal River on Vimeo.

Despite testimony from a retired prep plant worker explaining that viable alternatives exists and from a WVU medical doctor discussing the serious health impacts on communities from injections, the legislators removed the ban on coal slurry injection and left only a tax credit for the industry.
The ban language can still be restored in the House Finance Committee and the Senate bill remains intact.Call members of the WV house finance committee starting with chairman Harry Keith White: (304) 340-3230. Also Nancy Guthrie, Virginia Mahan, John Doyle, Tim Manchin, Don Perdue


Yeeehaw!  The Category is “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You,” and it’s open to any fiction or documentary film that doesn’t have distribution yet.



Since we met her in 2004, Judy Bonds has been talking about the need for a TV ad about mountaintop removal to expose what she calls “America’s dirty little secret.”  Now, in time for Appalachia Rising, there is one.

This via ilovemountains.org:

Over the years, citizens have brought the truth about mountaintop removal to the offices of hundreds of decision makers across Washington DC, but this week, we’re taking the tragedy of mountaintop removal to a place they never expected: into their living rooms.

Last May, we launched exciting new project to show America the true cost of their electricity by teaming up with Ashley Judd to create a television commercial that uses the most talked about ad in America’s history – President Johnson’s “Daisy Girl” – to convey the severity of mountaintop removal.

After a summer of fundraising, and generous donations from supporters across the United States, the ad will show on local network and cable television stations across the Washington, D.C. area September 22-29th. This ad couldn’t come at a better time, as hundreds of people are getting ready to gather at Appalachia Rising and Voices From the Mountains in  Washington, D.C. Sept 25-28, 2010 to urge an end to mountaintop removal coal mining and a renewed vision for the future of Appalachia.

Don’t live in Washington, D.C.? Can’t wait to watch the ad on TV? Click here to watch the ad: http://www.ilovemountains.org/tv-ad

We don’t have the coal industry’s billions. But we do have the power of people like you who are determined to end mountaintop removal coal mining. Can we bring it even further? Please, make a contribution today, and share the ad with your family and friends.

OCR PosterWe’re gearing up to screen ON COAL RIVER at a slew of fall film festivals: Maryland, Maine, the Hamptons, NYC, New Orleans, San Francisco, Birmingham, Alabama, plus Asheville.  Come see us if you can, and let your friends know too — the more people come out, the more screenings we’ll be able to have!
Sunday, September 26th 2010, 3:30pm
Closing Film with Q&A and Panel, featuring OCR directors and A SEA CHANGE director Barbara Ettinger
Avalon Theater, Easton Maryland
Details/RSVP – http://bit.ly/cMJqB9

Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival
Sunday, September 26th 2010, 1:40pm
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
520 Sixteenth Street North, Birmingham AL
Details/RSVP – http://bit.ly/96dJ2n

Camden International Film Festival
Saturday, October 2nd 2010, 6:30pm
Strand Theater
Camden, Maine
Director Q&A
Details/RSVP – http://bit.ly/cDoNzI

Hamptons International Film Festival
Friday, October 8th 2010, 12noon – UA East Hampton 4
Saturday, October 9th 2010, 3:00pm – UA East Hampton 4
Director Q&A
Details/RSVP – http://bit.ly/bmwoJr

Stranger Than Fiction
Tuesday, October 12th 2010, 8pm
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. @ 3rd St. NYC
Director Q&A
RSVP & Buy Tickets – http://bit.ly/9YwVjD

New Orleans Film Festival
October 14th-21st
Screening times TBA

Fine Arts Theater Asheville
36 Biltmore Ave Asheville, NC
Weds, Oct 20th, 7pm – Featuring Representative Susan Fisher, Director Q&A.  Thursday, Oct 21st, 7pm – SPECIAL FUNDRAISER SCREENING, featuring Bo Webb.  Proceeds will benefit environmental programs at Marsh Fork Elementary School, presented by The Media Arts ProjectSouthern Alliance for Clean Energy, and WNC Alliance. Sat, Oct 23rd, 1pm, Director Q&A.
Details/RSVP – http://bit.ly/cr0HK7

San Francisco Documentary Festival
Friday, October 22nd 9:30pm
Monday, October 25th 7:15pm
Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
Director Q&A
Details/RSVP – http://bit.ly/a4mwvT

This list is also up at oncoalriver.com/screenings.  Come see us!

NYC Screening date announced!


From our friends at Appalachia Rising:

“We will not stand idly by as we see mountaintop removal blast our mountain heritage to rubble, eliminate our communities and mountains, and poison our neighbors, as coal executives and their shareholders grow rich. Appalachians are not, and never will be, collateral damage for our nation’s energy consumption!” Vision Statement, Appalachia Rising. This cry is echoing from every corner of Appalachia – will you respond?

Appalachia Rising is September 25-27 in Washington DC. It is a movement gathering and day of action calling for the abolition of mountaintop removal and strip mining in Appalachia. Mountaintop removal has destroyed over 500 of the world’s oldest mountains and contaminated our nation’s water resources. Stand with us on Monday, September 27, 2010 in our nation’s capital for an end to mountaintop removal and a renewed vision of Appalachia.

Click here to register or go to http://www.appalachiarising.org/registration/reg1.php

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Joe Manchin, featured in ON COAL RIVER, running for Robert Byrd’s WV Senate seat. bit.ly/ayCz8Y