$10 Million Defamation Lawsuit Filed Against Rockwool, Allies

By Anne Meador, Dcmediagroup.us -

A civil complaint was filed yesterday in Circuit Court in Jefferson County, W.Va., alleging that Rockwool Group, one of its employees and former members of the local development authority [...]

Kentucky Miners Are Blocking a Coal Train, Demanding Their Stolen Wages

By Alexandra Bradbury, Labornotes. -

Harlan County, Kentucky, is probably best known for the hard-fought strikes in its coal mines in the 1930s and 1970s. Today the remaining mines are nonunion. But evidently the local spirit of [...]

‘Drop Rockwool’: Retailers Urged To Boycott Insulation Maker

By Anne Meador, Dcmediagroup.us -

Several Jefferson County, W.Va., residents demonstrated at home improvement retailers in Gaithersburg, Md., in an effort to pressure them to ban Rockwool insulation products from their shelves. [...]

Organic Farm In W.Va. Imperiled By Gas Pipeline Construction

By Anne Meador, Dcmediagroup.us -

In the four years since finding stakes mysteriously implanted in the ground of their newly acquired farm, Neal LaFerriere and his family have worked as best they could with Mountain Valley [...]

School Board Drops Bid To Obtain Rockwool Property By Eminent Domain

By Anne Meador, Dcmediagroup.us -

Ranson, W.Va.–The Jefferson County Board of Education will no longer pursue condemnation of Rockwool’s property to build a educational center to provide services for student with special needs. [...]

How Kai Newkirk’s ‘Extractive Activism’ Left Destruction In Its Wake

By Anne Meador and John Zangas, Dcmediagroup.us -

A nationally known activist returned to his West Virginia hometown earlier this year to join the fight against the construction of a major industrial facility that posed significant health risks [...]

Rockwool Resisters Hold Rally, Vow To Keep Fighting Factory

By Anne Meador and John Zangas, Dcmediagroup.us -

Ranson, W.Va.—Local residents rallied at the doorstep of the planned Rockwool insulation factory on May 16 to express their resolve to keep fighting the insulation manufacturer, even as walls of [...]

Rockwool Pipeline Construction May Disturb African-American Cemetery

By John Zangas and Anne Meador, Dcmediagroup.us -

Ranson, W.Va.–Granny Smith Lane was until recently riddled with almost impassable potholes. If you navigated them successfully and wound your way to the end of the narrow, tree-lined roadway, you [...]

WVDEP Approval Of Rockwool Gas Pipeline Permit Made In ‘Bad Faith,’ Opponents Say

By Anne Meador, Dcmediagroup.us -

The West Virginia Department of Environment (WVDEP) on Friday issued the final permit necessary for Mountaineer Gas to build a gas pipeline to service the Rockwool factory in Jefferson County, [...]

Student Reporters In West Virginia Find Atlantic Coast Pipeline Offers Only Two Dozen Permanent Jobs

By Sharon Kelly, Desmogblog.com -

It’s hard for anyone to miss a “help wanted” sign like this: “13,000 Union Workers Needed for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project.” That’s how the website Oilfield Job Shop described the [...]

West Virginia Educators Remain Defiant In Second Day Of Statewide Strike

By Tom Eley, Wsws.org -

Efforts by the unions to declare “victory” after the tabling of the bill and to pressure strikers back to work failed to convince striking educators who remember all too well similar declarations [...]

West Virginia Teachers Walk Out To Oppose Charter Schools

Thousands of teachers and support staff in West Virginia are walking out of schools today and descending on the state capitol in Charleston to oppose legislation that would introduce the state’s [...]

West Virginia Teachers Strike Over Retaliatory Privatization

By Russell Mokhiber, Morgancountyusa.org -

This year, to retaliate for that embarrassment, those same legislative leaders want to privatize state teacher jobs with charter schools and push public schools teachers to the brink. “Charter [...]

West Virginia Teachers Announce Another Statewide Strike

By Dave Jamieson, Huffpost.com -

West Virginia public school teachers plan to go on strike again Tuesday, nearly a year to the day after they began a historic walkout that inspired teacher strikes in other states. The unions [...]

‘Resist Rockwool’ Holds Sit-In Of Senator Joe Manchin Office

By Anne Meador, Dcmediagroup.us -

Washington, DC — West Virginia residents occupied U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s office today to demand he take a position on a controversial factory under construction in the Eastern Panhandle. U.S. [...]

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