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Protest shuts down mountaintop removal coal mine

by Sarah Simmons |
8/13/12
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West Virginia shuts down mountain top removal coal operation. (Photo: Mentat Mark)

Charleston, WV - About 20 anti-coal mine activists were arrested on July 27, when between 80 and 100 protesters entered the Hobet 45 Mine near Charleston, West Virginia. The activists achieved their goal of shutting down operations for several hours and drawing public attention to the country's largest mountaintop removal mine, which was granted a controversial permit under the Obama administration about two years ago. Hobet 45 is owned by Patriot Coal Corporation.

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