03/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Activists Tout Wind Potential Of Mountain Over "17 Years Of Coal"

"The governor and county legislators have failed to act, so we're acting for them," said one of the activists, Rory McIlmoil, who has led the Coal River Wind Project campaign.

"They shouldn't allow the wind potential on Coal River Mountain to be destroyed, and the nearby communities endangered, for only 17 years of coal," McIlmoil said. "There is a better way to develop the mountain and strengthen the local economy that will create lasting jobs and tax revenues for this county, and that's with wind power."

The protest action began early this morning, and by about 10 a.m. all five activists were being arrested for trespassing, said Charles Suggs, a spokesman for the groups.

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