NASA's Hansen Arrested at WV Mine Protest

"SUNDIAL, W.Va. -- More than 30 people -- including actress Daryl Hannah and NASA climate scientist James Hansen -- were arrested Tuesday in the latest protest in a growing civil disobedience campaign against mountaintop removal in Southern West Virginia.

Thirty-one protesters were charged with obstructing officers and impeding traffic after they sat down in the middle of W.Va. 3 outside Massey Energy's Goals Coal preparation plant in Raleigh County.

Protesters dropped their initial plan to enter the Massey operation, and risk arrest for trespassing, when several hundred coal miners, family members and other industry supporters blocked the entrance to the site. One Massey supporter also was arrested and charged with battery during a brief confrontation with protesters, police said."

Ken Ward Jr. reports for the Charleston Gazette June 23, 2009.

See Also:

"Mountaintop Removal Protest" (Coal Tattoo)

"Hansen of NASA Arrested in Coal Country" (Dot Earth)


Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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