Several environmental groups in the region took up cause over the holiday weekend and engaged in civil disobedience protests. The actions resulted in over 30 arrests. In West Virginia 17 people were jailed for trespassing on mountaintop removal sites in West Virginia. The protests were organized by Mountain Justice and Climate Action Zero. According to the Charleston Gazette two women were arrested for paddling on a toxic slurry impoundment, while spreading a sign on the murky coal-waste water. 

In Washington, D.C., 15 people from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network were arrested outside the office of Virginia Congressman Rick Boucher. The group was protesting Boucher’s continued support for coal industry concessions in the pending Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill. Read more.