Protesters Shut Down Largest Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine in U.S.
Ramping up renewed efforts to end mountaintop removal mining in central Appalachia, scores of protesters staged a daring action at the controversial Hobet strip mine today in Boone County, West Virginia, shutting down operations through a series of coordinated lock downs, tree-sits and banner drops. In a symbolic challenge to the Obama administration’s failed regulatory policies, the protest targeted the Hobet 45 mountaintop removal mine, which had been granted a widely denounced permit over two years ago.”
Twenty protesters were arrested, and are being held for a total of $500,00 dollars in bail. A call for support to raise funds has been issued.