Contact: Mike Roselle, 304 854 7372
Climate Ground Zero Gets Day in Court
At 9:30 am, Monday, June 1st, in the Raleigh County Circuit Court of West Virginia, Judge Robert Burnside will hear motions to vacate a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued by Richmond, Va.-based coal company Massey Energy in February, 2009, barring members of Climate Ground Zero from taking part in anti-mountaintop removal protests that have been held in Raleigh County, WV since the beginning of the year. So far, the TRO has failed to stop the protests at Massey’s mine sites and over twenty additional protesters have been arrested in six separate actions since the TRO was issued.
“On Monday, we will put Massey Energy on trial for crimes against the State of West Virginia,” said Climate Ground Zero campaign director Mike Roselle, of Rock Creek, WV.
“The scope of their illegal operations, the damage it has done to the mountain communities of Appalachia and the threat it poses to all of the people who live down stream and down wind will be exposed in court. For too long, Massey has been getting away with what amounts to murder. They are killing Appalachia with their blasting and draglines and they are breaking the law. We hope Judge Burnside will hear our arguments that our actions were necessary in order to prevent a far more serious crime.”
Climate Ground Zero is calling for its supporters to attend the two day hearing, and to wear a red railroad bandana to show solidarity with the demonstrators who are named in the Massey lawsuit.