Group Says 14 Activists Arrested At WVa Mine

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (Ap) -- Authorities say 14 people arrested today during a protest at a Massey Energy surface mine in West Virginia are facing felony conspiracy charges.

Boone County Deputy Justin Dalton says four people who climbed the 300-foot boom of a dragline at the twilight surface mine also are charged with misdemeanor trespassing, fleeing on foot, littering and battery.

Dalton says 10 others also are charged with trespassing.

Protester Charles Suggs says climbing the dragline was worth it because it brought more attention to the issue of mountaintop removal mining.

He says that's an enormously destructive practice that must be stopped.

State Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training spokeswoman Jama Jarrett says an agency inspector saw a protester pull a Massey worker off the dragline.

Rainforest Action Network spokeswoman Nell Greenberg says none of the protesters acted violently.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Andrea Location: Smithville on Jun 18, 2009 at 07:56 PM
    My husband and I feel as if we are refugees. We fled the coalfields so that our children may grow up to know what life is like without fear that a sludge dam is going to give way, to know that horrific chemicals and other carcinogens are being used to grow the grass on the "reclaimed" mountains which looks more like a moonscape. People need to see what is going on around them. NIMBY doesn't help anyone it just keeps us all buried in the garbage. This felony charge along with other items are nothing more than the coal industry reaping vengeance upon the little people they are killing from their greed. Go to OVEC.COM or Coal River Mountain Watch and find out more for yourself.
  • by robert Location: parkersburg on Jun 18, 2009 at 02:58 PM
    Please go to and see a movie about mountain tops projects and you may want to join the efferts to say stop destroying our land and rivers of west virginia. Check out pictures of fish from the rivers. Also there is a report that W.Va has a high amount of murcury in our water supplies and this is being covered up? does any one care?
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