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Man Fasting To Bring Attention To Effects Of Mountaintop Removal

Reported by: Send eMail Rachel Tarr
Reported: Jul. 16, 2014 1:31 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:38 PM EDT
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Mountaintop Removal
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

It's hard to imagine going without food for even a day, let alone 10 days.

That is how long one man has been fasting in an effort to bring attention to a controversial issue in the Mountain State.

Roland Micklem is on day 10 of a fast for West Virginia's mountains. He says mountaintop removal is harmful to people's health and to the environment. Micklem is hoping to bring the issue to the government's attention. But he said he doesn't want his “fast” referred to as a protest. He said it's a non-confrontational stand against mountaintop removal.

“I want this to be looked upon in many respects as a spiritual mandate,” Micklem said. “Not just for me, but for everyone, to take care of god's creation."

Micklem plans to continue the fast for as long as he is physically able to do so.



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