Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Sit-in at Kentucky governor’s office ends with ‘I Love Mountains’ rally

Author Wendell Berry spoke at the "I Love Mountains Day" rally held at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Monday, February 14, 2011. (Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader)

FRANKFORT, KY — “Author Wendell Berry and 13 other environmental activists emerged from the state Capitol on Monday to roars of approval and applause, ending their four-day occupation of Gov. Steve Beshear’s outer office.

The protesters joined several hundred people on the Capitol steps for the ‘I Love Mountains’ rally, an annual event held to promote ‘stream saver’ legislation that effectively would end mountaintop removal coal mining in Eastern Kentucky. Previous bills died for lack of action; similarly, this year’s bills are languishing in committee.

‘We came because the land, its forests and its streams are being destroyed by the surface mining of coal; because the people are suffering intolerable harm to their homes, their health and their communities; and because all the people downstream are threatened by the degradation and contamination of the rivers,’ Berry, who lives in Henry County, told the crowd.”

— John Cheves, Lexington Herald-Leader

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