Activists fined for trespassing at W.Va. mine

HAMLIN (AP) — Ten environmental activists have pleaded guilty to trespassing at a Lincoln County mountaintop coal mine.

Media outlets report the protesters entered their pleas Tuesday in Lincoln County Magistrate Court. They were assessed $660 in fines and court costs apiece and ordered to stay off West Virginia mine property for a year. Nine others pleaded guilty last week.

Twenty activists were arrested July 28 after a demonstration at Patriot Coal’s Hobet mine. The demonstration was organized by Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival, or RAMPS.

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