One Week After Protest, Fights Against Mountaintop Removal, EPA Continue

It’s been one week since a group of protesters ended their sit-in at Governor Steve Beshear’s office. A group of 14 protesters spent the weekend in Beshear’s office protesting the surface mining technique commonly called Mountaintop Removal. The sit-in ended with the annual I Love Mountains Day rally in Frankfort on the 14th.

Protester Says Beshear Will Visit Eastern Kentucky Coal Fields After Sit-In

Many of the 14 protesters who spent the weekend in Governor Steve Beshear’s office left their sit-in today to join the annual “I Love Mountains Day” rally.

The sit-in began Friday as an effort to convince Governor Steve Beshear to change his stance on the surface mining technique commonly called mountaintop removal, which can leave streams clogged and polluted.

Beshear Meets With Mining Protesters

Around 20 members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth began a sit-in protest this morning in the lobby of the governor’s office. They said they wouldn’t leave unless they got an audience with Governor Beshear. Beshear initially said his schedule wouldn’t permit it, but finally emerged and fielded questions for about 30 minutes. The group wants an end to surface mining in Kentucky, but Beshear says he cannot support that.

More Federal Oversight of Surface Mines Proposed

The federal Office of Surface Mining has announced its proposals for strengthening oversight of strip mining to protect the environment in Appalachian coal states. One proposal is to conduct so-called “independent” inspections of state-permitted mines.