For the second time in as many weeks, activists have been arrested protesting the mountaintop removal mining of Coal River Mountain, the site of a proposed wind farm. Massey Energy has started blasting in the beginnings of removing the top of Coal River Mountain.
RAN and Earth First! founder Mike Roselle and Jamie McGinness were arrested blocking a bulldozer at Massey’s Performance Coal Co.’s operation in Boone County. Both were arrested, cited for tresspass and released.
Two weeks ago, Roselle and McGinness were part of a larger group arrested for chaining themselves to mining equipment on Coal River Mountain. They were part of a group of 14 arrested. Since then local media and the coal industry has tried to smear Roselle to the public.