Massey To Begin Blasting At Coal River Mountain

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin won't interfere with Massey Energy's plans to start blasting on Wednesday at Coal River Mountain, a project that will destroy the site of a proposed wind farm.

Environmentalists with Coal River Mountain Watch had asked Manchin to stop coal mining at the southern West Virginia mountain, pleading for what they called a "stay of execution" for the blasting.

But spokeswoman Lara Ramsburg said Tuesday that Massey has the proper permits from regulators, and it would be inappropriate for the governor to interfere. She says objections can be raised with the state Surface Mine Board or the courts.

Coal River Mountain Watch has waged an Internet campaign to pressure Richmond, Virginia-based Massey to drop its mountaintop removal plan. Instead, it advocates a 220-turbine wind farm.

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