Mountaintop Removal Protesters Sit In At Governor’s Office

by Graham Shelby on February 11, 2011

Author Wendell Berry is one of a group of protesters staging a sit-in in the office of Governor Beshear at this hour. The group is demanding a meeting with the governor to discuss ending the practice of mountaintop removal mining and creating a new economic model for Kentucky.

The group of twenty calls itself Kentucky Rising and says Beshear has refused previous meeting requests. They say they plan to stay in the governor’s office until he meets with them or orders them removed from the building.

In addition to Berry, Kentucky authors Silas House and Erik Reece are members of the protest group staging the sit-in.

Beshear’s office tells WFPL the governor is willing to meet the group.

UPDATE: Demonstrator Jason Howard says the Governor will meet with the group.

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