W.Va., Mo. protests planned about Blair Mountain


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Activists trying to save West Virginia's Blair Mountain from coal mining are planning protests at two companies that own much of the land where unionizing coal miners fought authorities in 1921.

A coalition of historic preservationists, environmentalists and others are planning demonstrations Friday at the Huntington offices of Natural Resource Partners and at the St. Louis headquarters of Arch Coal.

They're among several companies that lease or own land and control the mountain's coal reserves. Some have permits to mine.

Activists have been fighting to protect the battlefield and get it re-listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

They've been promoting their demonstrations on Facebook and waging a call-in campaign to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Spokeswoman Kimberly Osborne says the governor's office had received 115 calls by noon Thursday.

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