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Protest Planned to Shut Down WV Strip Mine

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Anti-coal activists plan to hold a protest effort to shut down a southern West Virginia strip mine.
    
The Radical Action for Mountain Peoples' Survival and other groups say they plan to conduct a mass gathering at an unspecified mountaintop-removal mine on Saturday. They're calling the event the Mountain Mobilization and planned to hold training sessions for protesters in the days leading up to the weekend event.
    
RAMP says in a release that it's mobilizing people in an effort to draw attention to coal companies' practices of using extraction tactics that are endangering the health and safety of West Virginians and others in the Appalachian region.
    
Supporters of the coal industry decry such protests and say environmental-protection efforts are a threat to jobs and the economy.

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