Protesters Halt Mountaintop Blasting In West Virginia
Armed with banners reading “Save Coal River Mountain” and EPA Stop the Blasting,” protestors halted blasting on Coal River Mountain today with a five-person tree-sit.
The protesters, associated with Climate Ground Zero and Mountain Justice, are on platforms approximately 60 feet up two tulip poplar trees and one oak tree next to where Massey Energy is blasting to build an access road.
The protesters are calling for the EPA to put an end to mountaintop removal mining; they also hope to urge land-holding companies to focus on clean energy options. They plan to remain in the trees until blasting on Coal River Mountain is stopped permanently. Climate Ground Zero’s action campaign, which began in February of last year, has kept up a sustained series of direct actions ever since.