Dec. 4 Update: Mining activist out of jail after five days
Climate Ground Zero Campaign Director Mike Roselle is in jail in West Virginia. He gathered a bucket-full of dust from a mountaintop removal coal mining site (dust that studies have shown to be toxic) and delivered it to the door of WV Governor Tomblin’ s mansion on Thanksgiving Day.
Mike wanted the governor to order the WV Department of Environmental Protection to analyze the dust. The people living – and becoming sick and dying – below mountaintop removal sites deserve to know what is raining down upon them as coal companies blow up the mountains to expose and “harvest” the coal seams.
Author Jeff Biggers explains what’s happening in this Huffington Post article.
OVEC organizer Maria Gunnoe, who has been working with Climate Ground Zero and the ACHE campaign on exposing toxic MTR and a bill that would place a moratorium on new mountaintop removal mining until studies find that it is not harming health, urges everyone to call WV Governor Manchin. Maria says, “Ask him why is it that he doesn’t want to simply analyze this dust. Why put a man in jail because he delivered the toxic dust and asked to have it analyzed?”
See a blast set off above Maria’s home here.
Contact Governor Tomblin:
Office Telephone: (304) 558-2000 or 1-888-438-2731
Governor’s Mansion: (304) 558-3588