Activist Goes Hungry Over W.Va. Mining

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- An environmental activist says he's going without food because of mountaintop removal mining -- and he's not sure when the fast will end.

Roland Micklem was at the State Capitol on Monday. The 81-year-old says he's only drinking liquids and taking vitamin pills and medication.

Micklem says he's not fasting for a specific goal, but rather because he's mourning the effects of surface mining.

Micklem is working with the group climate ground zero.

Next week, that group and others plan to lobby the State Department of Environmental protection to demand an end to a mine operation's blasting on Coal River Mountain.

Micklem says he won't be at the Capitol every day of his fast.

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


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  • by Gregg Location: Parkersburg on Nov 30, 2009 at 02:02 PM
    I'll think about him while I eat this pizza.
  • by Pat Location: Parkersburg on Nov 30, 2009 at 01:55 PM
    Is he also going to go hungry every time a new building goes up. Or maybe when a parking lot is poured. I may be wrong but I was of the understanding that mining sites are always resurfaced and replanted. We have a lot of miners in WV that need jobs. I guess I am more for people than a mountain. As long as it is replanted when finished.
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