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Locals speak out against CONSOL Coal Mining
07/05/2003
Groups in Three States Rally for Coalfield Justice

Pittsburgh-based CONSOL was the target of a multi-state protest on June 23rd dubbed Coalfield Justice Day of Action. Their focus was the Coal Mining corporation's devastation of mountain tops and its creation of hazardous pollution. Coal mining centers of Charleston, WV, Pittsburgh, PA, and Lexington, KY saw significant and creative civil disobedience by folks sick of being disregarded by government and big business in the name of energy demands. There were arrests, banner displays, a hunger strike, and appeals to both CONSOL and the federal Office of Surface Mining for its lax enforcement of environmental laws. Street theater used satire to harken back to the old days of robber barons when magnates ran roughshod over ordinary people. People are asserting their democratic rights over their health as runoff threatens water supplies.

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