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Eight Protesters Arrested At Alpha Natural Resources Headquarters

Reported by: Send eMail Associated Press
Also Contributing: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jun. 20, 2014 3:32 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 20, 2014 3:42 PM EDT
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Police have arrested eight mountaintop removal mining protesters for trespassing at Alpha Natural Resources headquarters in Bristol, Virginia.

Protesters from Mountain Justice and Radical Action for Mountains (RAMPS) and People's Survival say they blocked the entrance to Alpha for two hours Friday. They protested the opening of two new mines on Coal River Mountain in southern West Virginia.

Alpha spokesman Steve Hawkins says the protest didn't prevent anyone from getting to work.

Bristol Police Department Lt. Vic Jordan says the protesters were arrested without incident. Several protesters locked themselves together. Another climbed a flagpole and hung a flag saying, "Save Coal River Mountain."

Radical Action for Mountain Peoples' Survival protesters were arrested in May 2013 after blocking the road leading to Alpha.

Alpha acquired Massey Energy in 2011, when its CEO Don Blankenship stepped down.

The RAMPS Campaign said in a statement that they are calling for an end to Alpha’s mountaintop removal practices in Appalachia, and are urging the company to re-employ miners for reclamation former mine sites.

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