Protesters At Coal Plant Construction Site Arraigned, Free To Leave State Until HearingYou'd think, by the way, that the protest would include huge numbers of local Wise County residents, since they'll be the ones breathing that toxic air and dying in droves because of it. You'd be wrong.
By Debra McCown, Bristol Herald Courier
WISE, Va. – The 11 protesters arrested on Monday at the site of the coal-fired power plant under construction are free to leave Virginia until their hearing on Oct. 17, according to their lawyer, Chris Johnson.
The protesters, many of whom live in other states, were arraigned Tuesday morning on charges related to the protest.
Each member of the group faces at least four charges. At least one member, 20-year-old Hannah Morgan of Appalachia, Va., faces a lot more. (link)
The kids who were arrested came from North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Maryland, Washington D.C., one from Roanoke, one from Blacksburg, and two who are local. The judge has allowed those charged to go home and return for trial. We encourage them to leave as soon as possible.