Joe Hamsher, one of three arrested for occupying Marfork Coal Company’s main office in order to deliver a citizen’s arrest warrant to Marfork President, Christopher Blanchard, and Massey CEO, Don Blankenship, was released Thursday for a cash-only bail amount of $5,000. Mike Roselle and Tom Smyth remain in jail, held for a combined total of $12,500.
Upon release, Hamsher expressed concern for his fellow comrades still held in Southern Regional Jail and stressed the need for additional funds for the campaign. “We’ve put the pressure on Massey and they’re not making it easy, but that’s just proof we need to continue what we’re doing,” Hamsher said.
With the recent black water spill into Clear Fork River and the anniversary of the Buffalo Creek Disaster, we are reminded that neither coal companies like Massey Energy and Pioneer Fuel nor the West Virginia DEP have a history of adequately protecting public health and safety. Please contribute to the struggle by donating to Climate Ground Zero.