BLAIR, W.Va. (AP) - Environmental activists, labor union members and Appalachian coalfield residents have capped a 50-mile march to the foot of historic Blair Mountain with a rally against large-scale surface coal mining led by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and others.
Saturday's rally was aimed at protecting the mountain where unionizing coal miners battled authorities in 1921. Coal companies are considering surface mines for the mountain.
But the rally also was a broader protest against mountaintop removal mining, which involves blasting away rock and filling streams to expose multiple coal seams.
Kennedy renewed his calls for banning mountaintop removal and urged participants that the fight is really to restore democracy in the face of corporate domination.