Tree-sitter ends Monthlong Mine Protest in W.Va.

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

MARFORK, W.Va. (AP) -- Thirty days after she climbed a tree to protest strip mining in southern West Virginia, an environmental activist is back on the ground.

Radical Action for Mountain People's Survival says Catherine-Ann MacDougal came down from an oak tree on Coal River Mountain on Thursday afternoon.

RAMPS says that police were notified, and MacDougal was prepared to be arrested.

MacDougal and fellow activist Becks Kolins began a tree-sit at the Bee Tree mine near Marfork on July 20. Kolins descended Aug. 2.

The mine is owned by Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources, which acquired it from Massey Energy in June.

RAMPS says it was the longest tree-sit in West Virginia history.

The company and the activists disagree on whether it disrupted blasting operations.

MacDougal says she won't stop fighting strip mining.

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