Target: Governor of West Virginia Earl Ray Tomblin
Goal: Save historical Blair Mountain from being destroyed by greedy energy companies
Mountain tops are often removed by energy companies to get at the coal and other precious metals that lie underground. The destruction is enormous and affects the air, water, soil, wildlife, and foliage. Coal companies have tried to remove Blair Mountain to get to the rich coal resources underneath, but not only would this be disastrous for the environment, but it would be wiping away American history. Tell Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to refuse such devastation for the sake of our environment and wildlife.
Blair Mountain is historical because it led to the creation of labor rights for American citizens. In 1921, 7,000 miners went on strike and marched down to Mingo County to unionize. The miners were met with opposition from the Sheriff’s office and a battle ensued. The fighting lasted for days and in the end, the miners surrendered but their actions sparked the creation of labor rights. It is one of the most well-known struggles of labor rights in West Virginia, and if coal companies were allowed to remove the mountain top, they would be wiping away crucial American history.
However, it is not just American history that is at stake. The environment and wildlife would be negatively impacted if this project was allowed to move forward. The waste and other debris from this project would be dumped in the valleys where rivers and streams bring the toxic chemicals from the rock into larger bodies of water or the soil and pollute it. The elevated levels of heavy metals in the water, along with other chemicals, can kill aquatic life and make it difficult for life to recover. It also has the same adverse effects on the soil. Mountain top removal prevents the hardwood forest from growing back because the top soil is gone. The disappearance of forests leads to the disappearance of other species that build their homes in the trees.
Help save historic Blair Mountain by urging the Governor of West Virginia to stop coal mining companies from removing this mountain and polluting our environment.
Dear Governor Tomblin,
Blair Mountain has come under threat by coal mining companies who want to mine the mountain of coal and other precious metals. While this would bring energy and money into the state, I am deeply concerned about the environmental impact. The upheaval of dirt and rock would pollute the air, and the waste would pollute the water and soil. This will also negatively affect birds and other wildlife living in the area.
Our environment is sacred and irreplaceable. I urge you to protect this mountain, as it also has historical significance to your state and worker’s rights. Do not buy into coal, instead protect your environment for future generations to enjoy.
[Your Name Here]
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