Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 15, 2013

Activists disrupt W.Va. mining, science symposium


Associated Press

CHARLESTON — Two environmental activists are in police custody after disrupting a Charleston symposium intended to present new research on energy production and the environment.

Protest organizers identified those removed by police as Joe Solomon and David Baghdadi. They had locked themselves together and were chanting “Coal kills, science lies” at the event Monday.

It wasn’t immediately clear what charges the two faced. The men weren’t yet listed in the Charleston Police Department’s inmate database, and phone messages to police weren’t immediately returned.

The symposium runs through Thursday. It’s sponsored by the Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science, or ARIES, and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.

ARIES Director Michael Karmis said his organization opened its doors to several community groups, and he is disappointed they chose disruption over meaningful dialogue.