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Blankenship speaks: Coal will wait out tree-sitters

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Massey Energy President Don Blankenship has broken the company’s silence on the anti-mountaintop removal protesters who are sitting 80 feet up in a couple of trees, blocking blasting activity at one of his company’s Raleigh County, W.Va., mines.

In an e-mail to The Associated Press, Blankenship said:

The coal won’t spoil for a million years. I doubt the tree climbers will be there then.

West Virginia State Police indicated they are taking a similar strategy, according to the AP report, quoting Sgt. M.A. Smith:

We’re going to wait them out as long as we can wait them out, until it gets too dangerous. If I put somebody up in the tree to take them out, it’s going to be a danger. The best thing to do is to keep the others from trespassing and wait them out.

I’m not expert on tree sitting … but if you’re wondering, forced extractions by police are not unheard of … Check out links here, here and here.

Today is the fourth day of the Raleigh County tree sitting protest … you can follow it via the Climate Ground Zero Web site.