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Activists plan protest at Massey coal plant

Jun. 23, 2009 @ 07:10 AM

NAOMA, W.Va. (AP) — Environmental groups say they’re planning another demonstration targeting coal producer Massey Energy.

Mountain Justice and other groups say actress Daryl Hannah and NASA scientist James Hansen will lead protesters onto Massey property Tuesday to deliver a letter to the company’s Goals Coal Co. processing plant in Raleigh County.

Protesters have targeted Goals several times. The plant’s coal storage silo sits about 300 feet from Marsh Fork Elementary and environmental groups argue that’s dangerous. Massey recently won a state Supreme Court appeal over the right to build a second silo nearby to hold coal from Richmond, Va.-based Massey’s Edwight Surface Mine.

Massey, which operates in West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky, is the fourth-largest U.S. coal producer by revenue.



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