Kentucky environmentalists gather at governor's office to seek end of mountaintop mining

Lexington Herald-LeaderFebruary 14, 2011 

Cheers erupted from a crowd gathered on the steps of the Capitol on Sunday as environmentalists who have been camped out in Gov. Steve Beshear's office since Friday held signs and gave thumbs up from the windows.

On Friday, a group of 14 people, including Kentucky author Wendell Berry, settled into the governor's office for a sit-in to protest mountaintop-removal mining in Eastern Kentucky. Supporters of their cause gathered outside the Capitol for a rally Sunday afternoon.

They plan to stay in Beshear's outer office at least until Monday's "I Love Mountains" rally, when hundreds are expected to show their support for long-stalled legislation designed to stop coal operators from burying creeks and streams with mine waste.

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