Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- An 81-year-old environmental activist fasting in protest of mountaintop removal mining says he's feeling fine after 10 days.
Roland Micklem, who moved to West Virginia from Savannah, N.Y., says the duration of his fast depends on a higher power and a plan that has not yet been revealed to him.
Micklem says his fast is an expression of grief and mourning over the loss of West Virginia's mountains and biodiversity.
Earlier this week, he spoke at a rally to urge the state Department of Environmental Protection to stop Virginia-based Massey Energy from blasting on the Coal River Mountain.
Massey says the operation is contour and highwall mining, not mountaintop removal.
The DEP has declined to act.
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