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Daryl Hannah arrested

Posted on: June 24, 2009

daryl hannah arrestedActress Daryl Hannah, NASA scientist James Hansen and 31 others were arrested Tuesday as they protested mountaintop removal mining in southern West Virginia.

 All were released after being cited for impeding traffic and obstructing an officer after they blocked a road near a Massey Energy Co. subsidiary’s coal processing plant.

Several hundreds of people marched quietly to the plant and attempted to enter the property, but were blocked by several hundred coal miners shouting, “Go home.”  The protesters, who also included former U.S. Rep. Ken Hechler, sat on the road before surrendering.

What’s mountaintop mining?  It’s blasting away ridgetops to expose coal seams.  Mine operators are typically required to return the mountain to its approximate original shape, but excess material is used to fill valleys, burying streams.

“It’s not necessary. If you do it wisely, there are ways to use renewables. It’s realistic for everybody,” Hannah said before she was arrested

Richmond, Va.-based Massey is the fourth-largest coal producer by revenue in the nation.

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