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.

Mining Protesters To Spend Night At Governor’s Office

Beshear didn’t offer to change his positions. The group decided to continue their protest in the governor’s office. They were prepared to be arrested at the end of the day on Friday.

Instead, the governor told them they can stay as long as they like. The group plans to stay through Monday when other environmental activists will gather in Frankfort for a rally called I Love Mountains Day.

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.

"I Love Mountains Rally" Held In Frankfort

Thanks to Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio/WEKU, Richmond The coal mining process commonly known as mountaintop removal was again the focus of a rally Thursday outside the Kentucky state Capitol building. The annual “I Love Mountains Rally” is sponsored by the advocacy group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. It says the practice is destroying the environment… Continue reading "I Love Mountains Rally" Held In Frankfort

Does Coal Have Something to Hide?

The latest in a series of high profile protests of mountaintop removal coal mining ended with the removal and arrest of 12 activists, a filmmaker, and a documentary photographer from a Massey Energy site in West Virginia. On Thursday, they went before a judge in Boone County. I’ve been alerted by a colleague of the filmmaker that during the arrest, Massey Energy company employees confiscated the photographers’ equipment.