In response to today’s action taken by activists from Mountain Justice and RAMPS, Greenpeace Coal Campaign Director Gabe Wisniewski issued the following statement:
“We strongly support the brave action taken today by the Mountain Justice and RAMPS activists who have locked down to a coal barge and stopped truck shipments at the Republic Energy mine in West Virginia. For mountain communities that are at risk of losing their homes, radical action may be the only way to stop the destructive practice of mountaintop removal threatening their health and survival. We stand behind these communities and are renewed and inspired by their commitment and today’s heroic actions.
"The environmental and health risks of mountaintop removal are too serious to be ignored any longer. Companies like Republic Energy must stop this dangerous practice, and utilities like Duke Energy should stop buying mountaintop removal coal.”