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Anti-mountaintop removal faster arrested

This just in from The Associated Press:

micklem.jpgAn environmental activist fasting at the state Capitol over mountaintop removal mining has been arrested on a trespassing charge from October.

Roland Micklem was in Kanawha County Magistrate Court on Tuesday after his arrest. He plans to plead not guilty to the charge.

The arrest stems from an October march in protest of mountaintop removal mining, during which Micklem stopped to talk to a security guard at Walker Machinery in Belle. He says he didn’t think he was trespassing.

Micklem says he didn’t know there was a warrant for his arrest until Tuesday.

The 81-year-old vows he’ll resume his post at the state Capitol as early as Tuesday afternoon. He began his fast as a gesture of mourning over surface mining.

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