Led by Kentucky author and poet Wendell Berry, a group of environmentalists opposed to mountain top removal have staged a sit-in in Frankfort that has gained a bit of national attention.
From Mother Jones:
The fight over MTR has been heating up at the national level since last month, when the Environmental Protection Agency vetoed a permit for the controversial Spruce Mine in West Virginia. Both enviros and the coal industry have interpreted that move as evidence that the agency is serious about enforcing existing laws when it comes to MTR.
For coal field residents who have long been outspoken opponents of MTR, it’s a moment of opportunity. “I’m about to pull an Egypt,” Mickey McCoy, a member of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and former teacher from Inez, Kentucky, told me by phone last night ahead of this morning’s action. “I’m just tired of lobbying, begging.”
Earlier today, LEO Weekly reported that Gov. Steve Beshear met with protestors, who were less-than-satisfied with his remarks and have refused to leave the state capitol building until their demands are met.
One of the demonstrators, Jason Howard, a spokesman for Kentucky Rising, is live Tweeting the protest from Frankfort.
Check it out here.
I’ll see your live Tweet and raise you a live Ustream broadcast of the protest. Who says Kentucky is backwards?
The protestors say they plan to stay in Beshear’s office until the close of business.