All 8 released from jail!

All eight protesters were released from jail this afternoon after a wonderful lawyer got their bails reduced from $2,000 each to $200 each. Thank you everyone for all your support and encouragement.

Words from some of the arrestees:

“We’re really glad for all the support we had and glad we did it,” Jacqueline Quimby said, who was one of four who locked down in the haul road.

Jonathan Irwin, a support person and medic for the action, said, “I am amazed with the degree of hospitality and support we received from West Virginians outside and in. We are blessed with such an opportunity to support some of North America’s oldest mountain ecosystems and strongest communities of resistance.”

“It’s an amazing feeling to be out and among those friends who worked so hard to get us out,” said Erika Zarowin, one of the four protestors locked-down at the mine site. She also reported that her “right shoulder is hurting quite a bit. The police kept pulling on my arm, not believing that I was chained in. Hopefully this won’t become an injury that I have to battle for the rest of my life.”

Maureen Farrell, locked to Erika, said “The action was amazingly successful, despite the many complications that come with an ever changing mine site. It felt great to lock down and stay strong, both terrifying and invigorating.”

“Thank you for all your support,” Ryan Olander, arrestee, said. “Not only were those on the outside instrumental to our success, but, also the people who cared for us on the inside; the inmates.”

8 arrested on Kanawha Co. strip job, $16,000 cash-only bail

Dear friends-

This morning, just before dawn, four individuals chained themselves across a haul road on a strip mining site in Kanawha County, West Virginia to protest mountaintop removal mining. Four more joined them on site in support roles, unfurling two banners, one reading simply “Stop” and the other reading “Stop Mountaintop Removal.” This action was part of the ongoing Climate Ground Zero and Mountain Justice campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience.

All eight have been arrested and charged with trespassing asked to leave, conspiracy and obstruction. Bail is set at $2000, cash only, with no ten percent bond option. The arrestees include Ryan Olander, Maureen Farrell, Jonathan Irwin, Erika Zarowin, Andrea Lai, Alexander Lotorto, William Wickham and Jacqueline Quimby.

In order to meet bail, totalling $16,000, for these individuals who took a stand against an incredibly destructive form of coal mining and the human and environmental devastation of Appalachia, we need your help. To donate, please visit the Climate Ground Zero legal fund paypal:

This is the 16th in a series of civil disobedience actions taken this year by Climate Ground Zero, Mountain Justice, Coal River Valley residents, NASA climate scientist James Hansen, students, underground miners, military veterans, concerned citizens and environmentalists from across the nation with the goal of ending mountaintop removal.

To read the full text of the press release, please visit Climate Ground Zero.
Contact Dea Goblirsch or Charles Suggs at 304 854 7372 for questions.

Thanks and best,

Climate Ground Zero