Coal Tattoo

Hearing today on Massey protests

That’s the video posted last week by members of Climate Ground Zero of their protest March 5 at one of Massey Energy’s mountaintop removal mines in Raleigh County, West Virginia.

Massey hasn’t responded to my requests for comment on the protests or on the TRO granted to the company by Raleigh Circuit Judge John A. Hutchison.

But the judge has scheduled a hearing for 9 a.m. today in Beckley to consider whether he will extend his temporary order demanding an end to the peaceful protests. I hope to attend the hearing, and report on it for Gazette readers, both in our print edition and in Coal Tattoo.

Meanwhile, there’s a spurt of stories out there in the last two days about companies rethinking plans for new coal-fired power plants. See USA Today, The Associated Press via The Washington post, and Reuters.