Fourteen mountain-top removal protesters — including author Wendell Berry — are in their third day of a sit-in/sleep-in at the Kentucky Governor’s Office in Frankfort. The group, known as Kentucky Rising, is demanding that Gov. Steve Beshear (D), who is up for reelection in November, end his support of mountaintop removal, a destructive form of surface mining that has buried over 2,000 miles of Appalachian streams. They also insist that he withdraw from a lawsuit he filed, in an alliance with the Kentucky Coal Association, against the Environmental Protection Agency.
Wendell Berry, a native Kentuckian and author most recently of Bringing It To the Table: On Farming and Food, was interviewed by Jeff Biggers this week on mountain-top removal coal mining and why he is protesting at the Capitol.
"Wendell Berry Joins Anti-Mountaintop Removal Sit-In" by Lisa Bennett (Center for Ecoliteracy)
"Kentuckians show love for the mountains with historic sit-in and march" (Institute for Southern Studies)