Fast for the Mountains on Fifth Day

85-year-young Roland Micklem. Photo courtesy Fast for the Mountains.

85-year-young Roland Micklem. Photo courtesy Fast for the Mountains.

Roland Micklem and Mike Roselle are fasting in Charleston, WV as a witness against mountaintop removal coal mining. They are on day five of the fast, sitting on a bench outside the governor’s office in the West Virginia State Capitol. The fasters need your support and encouragement, so come on out and visit with them. They may even take a brief break if you can sit in for them for a few hours or a day. Come join Fast for the Mountains.

If you aren’t familiar with the State Capitol Complex, you can spot its golden dome from 64/77 Interstate going through Charleston. Get off at exit 99 and head towards the golden dome; there’s usually some public parking open at the first left off the exit. The governors’ office is on the ground floor of the State Capitol, just inside the west main entrance (the entrance closest to the governor’s mansion). See page five of this pdf map.








A valley fill at the edge of a mountaintop removal coal mine looms funnel like over Nellis in Boone County, WV. You guessed it… there’s an elementary school near the valley fill “toe.” Photo taken June 16 by Vivian Stockman; flyover courtesy

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  1. WE are playing anti-MTR music on WREK 91.1 FM Atlanta most Sundays from 9pm-10pm on “Back Alley Pork Roost” a student run program that goes out to 3.5 million potential listeners.
    We also plan to visit the Southern Company the main electrical provider in GA AL and NW FL. White the Southern Co. is prepping to but wind energy from Oklahoma this will only electrify 50,000 homes. The Southern Co. continues to buy MTR coal from West Virginia. For more information about the struggle in Georgia write or Paul Hays (404) 377-9836

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