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Elderly Man On Hunger Strike Arrested At WV State Capitol

81-year-old Roland Micklem was arrested yesterday outside of West Virginia's State Capitol building for protesting the mining of mountaintops.

the appalachian mountains with fall tree colors

Photo: Radio Rover (flickr)

Mountaintop mining not only damages the mountains themselves, but also pollutes the valleys and waterways below.

the appalachian mountains with fall tree colors

Photo: Radio Rover (flickr)

81-year-old Roland Micklem was arrested yesterday outside of West Virginia’s State Capitol building.

His “beef” with the state? Micklem is protesting the mining of mountaintops, which occurs throughout the Appalachian mountains.

Another Form Of Pollution

Mountaintop mining not only damages the mountains themselves, but also pollutes the valleys and waterways below. Over 800 miles of rivers and streams have already been polluted by the mining, which also effects the health of area communities.

When arrested, Micklem held a sign reading:

I am fasting over the destruction of the mountains and the warped priorities of a society that allow it to continue. This is not a protest, but an act of mouning for the mountains and all of God’s Creation that has been abused to satisfy the selfish wants of humanity. My presence here will remind our public servants of their responsibility to help end this abuse.

Micklem was arrested on a warrant for trespassing that dates back to October 10th.

Read More:

  • 81 Year-Old on Hunger Strike to Fight Mountaintop Removal (Planet Green)
  • Mountaintop Mining Protester Arrested At Capitol (Channel13 WOWK)
Emily Shelton

Emily Shelton is a web producer and blogger for Earth Eats. A native of Evansville, Indiana, Emily moved to Bloomington in the fall of 2007 to attend Indiana University, pursuing a major in Telecommunications and a minor in Business. Emily began interning at WFIU in the fall of 2008 and is now an Assistant Web Producer. As an official Earth Eats "tweeter", Emily loves spreading the word about the importance of environmental issues and "going green". In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, writing, and looking at pictures of delicious meals that she'll only ever dream about.

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