Today Virginians who live at the base of Ison Rock Ridge, a mountain threatned by a pending mountaintop removal permit, have been joined by hundreds from across the region for Virginia Rising: The Rally to Keep Ison Rock Ridge Standing. Today at noon, they will gather at the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency and ask that the agency deny the proposed mine which would destroy 1200 acres and bury three miles of headwater streams above several Appalachian communities.
More than 500 mountains have been destroyed due to mountaintop removal and we will not stand by and let Ison Rock Ridge be the next.
To date, over 8,000 comments have been sent to the EPA in defense of this mountain and the communities surrounding it, yet any day Lisa Jackson could make a decision on the permit for the Mountains. Please join with the hundreds gathered in DC by taking action today. Together we can demonstrate that people from across the country echo the concerns raised by these Virginians and that in fact that America is Rising.
If we continue to allow these types of decisions to be made allowing our mountain tops to be harvested, what kind of future can we expect our children to enjoy.