Monday, July 30, 2012

20 Arrested at Historic Shutdown of Mountaintop Removal Site

20 Arrested at Historic Shutdown of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Site « EcoWatch: Uniting the Voice of the Grassroots Environmental Movement:

Following the historic July 28 shutdown of Patriot Coal’s Hobet mine—Appalachia’s largest mountaintop removal coal mining site—by more than 50 people affiliated with R.A.M.P.S. “Mountain Mobilization” campaign, 20 people were arrested and are being held on trespass and obstruction charges.

Bail is set for $25,000 each at the Western Regional Jail. Multiple arrestees, including 20-year-old Dustin Steele of Matewan, W.V., were reportedly beaten by authorities while in custody.

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