Stop a 3,300-Acre Mountaintop Removal Mine in Fayette County
  • Petitioned Denise Scalph

This petition was delivered to:

Fayette Co. Courthouse, Commissioner, Fayette Co. Commission
Denise Scalph
Fayette Co. Courthouse, Commissioner, Fayette Co. Commission
John H. Lopez
DMR, Mining Director, WV DEP
Thomas L. Clarke
Supervisor, Cabinet Secretary, WV DEP
Randy C. Huffman
West Virginia Governor
U.S. House of Representatives
West Virginia-007B
Gov. Earl Tomblin
West Virginia-03
Rep. Nick Rahall

Stop a 3,300-Acre Mountaintop Removal Mine in Fayette County

    1. Renee Hodges
    2. Petition by

      Renee Hodges

      Fayetteville, WV

Mountaintop removal coal mining—the worst form of coal mining in existence—could soon be expanding in Fayette County, West Virginia, and we need to mobilize quickly to stop the impending destruction.

Frasure Creek Mining LLC, an operation owned by a company based in Mumbai, India, is seeking new mining permits to double the size of their current operation to 3,300 acres, and wants permission to dump toxic mining wastes in the valleys of the Loop Creek and New River areas. If Frasure Creek gets all its permits, the operations will completely surround the community of Beards Fork and come close to the towns of Beckwith and Fayetteville. Already, current mining operations have received water violations and blasting complaints. In Kentucky, there is a lawsuit challenging Frasure Creek and another company with 20,000 Clean Water Act violations.

Located in central West Virginia, Fayette County is a hub for West Virginia tourism (our county tourism makes $4.5 million/year in direct revenue for the state), and our current economic growth is based in the value of our beautiful rivers, our world-class rapids and forests to outdoor enthusiasts. What's worse, the proposed mine would impact the New River, where the Boy Scouts are holding national and world events in 2013 and 2019 and are building a permanent destination camp.

On Friday, June 10th, the Fayette County Commission has called a public meeting to hear this case. We need to act urgently to tell them to oppose these permits. Sign the petition now.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Renee Hodges
      Petition Organizer

      Taylor Branch No. 2 permit has been open for public comment since April 29th ( A map has been attached for reference. This surface mining operation will significantly impact the headwaters of Laurel Creek, which discharge into the lower New River at the Dries. We need to submit public comment on this permit ASAP.

    3. Renee Hodges
      Petition Organizer

      Please see local news article regarding the County Commission meeting

    4. Reached 250 signatures
    5. What Would You Do if Mountaintop Removal Happened in Your Backyard?

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Renee Hodges is a guest author on writing about why she created a petition to stop a mountaintop removal mine near her home in Fayette County, West Virginia. Please read her post and then sign her petition, here. This article originally...

    6. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • carol judy DUFF, TN
      • about 3 years ago

      Mountains are living watersheds. we need the water and air provided by mountain forest and so will the kids of tomorrow. we need mountains whole not fragmented by MTR

      • about 3 years ago

      lets stop destroying the earth

    • Tyler Dysas OAK HILL, WV
      • about 3 years ago

      My reason is common sense

    • Mary Love LA GRANGE, KY
      • about 3 years ago

      Mountain Top Removal coal "mining" is destroying the land, water, heritage, future, and people of the central Appalachians. And the

      Frasure Creek Mining Company is currently being sued in Kentucky for years of violations of the Clean Water Act.

    • susan schmitt THOMAS, WV
      • over 3 years ago

      Stop the insanity!


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