Loading...
Share/Save/Bookmark

Hannah, Hansen arrested in mountaintop removal protest

By Scott Finn

This audio player requires Adobe Flash
June 23, 2009 · Actress Daryl Hannah, NASA climatologist Dr. James Hansen and former Congressman Ken Hechler were arrested Tuesday during a protest at a Massey Energy site in Raleigh County today.

A total of 32 people were arrested, according to State Police – 31 protesters for sitting in the middle of the road, and one woman for alleged battery on Julia Bonds, co-director of the environmental group Coal River Mountain Watch.

 

Hannah and most other protesters was processed at the Whitesville State Police detachment and released. She was seen shortly after the protests taking photos outside the detachment.

 

An estimated 400 people were at the protest, the latest in a string of against mountaintop removal mining. They were divided relatively evenly between mine supporters and opponents.

 

A group of mining supporters, dressed in mine uniforms, blocked the road that protestors planned to use to get to Massey Energy property.

 

So protesters sat down in the road and were arrested there.

 

 

Daryl Hannah is arrested at Marsh Fork
Daryl Hannah is arrested at Marsh Fork

One woman, dressed in a mine uniform, was arrested and charged with battery of Bonds after allegedly hitting her, according to State Trooper Mike Smith.

 

Tensions were high throughout the afternoon, with mine supporters shouting “Go home outsiders!” and “Leave our jobs alone.”

 

The site is a few hundred feet from Marsh Fork Elementary, which has been a focus for previous protests.

Latest News :

By John Hingsbergen

A coalition of labor, civic, and faith groups in West Virginia is calling for federal funding for infrastructure repairs in the state. They believe the President’s proposed American Jobs Act will achieve that goal while reducing unemployment.

By John Hingsbergen & Associated Press

Both of West Virginia's major party candidates for governor have campaigned against non-real estate property tax but the state's constitution poses a major hurdle to their plans.

By Cecelia Mason

As of Tuesday morning 23,239 voters cast early ballots in the special election for governor and Natalie Tennant, Secretary of State, said so far the general election is attracting more interest than the spring primary did.

By Clark Davis

The Ohio River Basin Alliance along with the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education are holding a conference this week at Marshall University.

By John Hingsbergen

The Ohio County Master Gardeners and Oglebay Institute's Schrader Center hosted the 4th annual Wheeling Gardening Symposium last weekend.
[First] [Previous] [Next] [Last]
West Virginia Public Broadcasting is a member station of:
'use strict';