Tuesday, June 23, 2009

in West Virginia: Two DC Rising Tide activsts arrested at MTR coal protest

Published by Indymedia, Washington DC

On the morning of June 18th, Lisa Ramsden and Jeanne Kirshon of Rising Tide DC were arrested in W VA while taking action against a mountaintop removal coal mine. They were arrested with 12 others after entering a Massey Energy MTR mine site near twilight, Western Virginia.

14 Activists Arrested in Peaceful Protest to Stop Mountaintop Removal scaled 20-story tall machinery to call attention to nation’s worst form of coal mining in first ever ascent of a mountaintop removal site’s dragline

How mountains are torn down so coal can be fed to your air conditioner and your 600W gaming computer
COAL RIVER VALLEY, W. VA – In the early morning hours of thursday, 14 concerned citizens entered onto Massey Energy’s mountaintop removal mine site near Twilight WV. Four of them scaled a 150-foot dragline and unfurled a 15×150 foot banner that said, “Stop Mountaintop Removal Mining”. The climbers were on the enormous dragline, a massive piece of equipment that removes house-sized chunks of blasted rock and earth to expose coal, and remained there for over three hours. Meanwhile nine others deployed a 20×40 foot banner on the ground at the site which read, “Stop Mountaintop Removal: Clean Energy Now”.


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