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Climate Ground Zero blocks WVDEP building

Climate Ground Zero announced this morning that a pair of anti-mountaintop removal activists have blocked the entrance to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection headquarters over in Kanawha City.

According to the announcement:

Joe Hamsher, 23, and Sarah Seeds, 60, are chained to a concrete-filled metal barrel that is blocking the entrance to the parking lot of the DEP office complex in Charleston. The activists painted the following statement on the barrel: “Department of Easy Permits: Closed.”

Climate Ground Zero said the activists are trying to call attention to the WVDEP’s new mine permitting guidance, which they said is part of the state agency’s pattern of not enforcing the Clean Water Act.