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UPDATE: Activists disrupt W.Va. mining, science symposium


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Two environmental activists have been charged with trespassing, unlawful assembly and obstruction after disrupting a symposium intended to present new research on energy production and the environment.

Joe Solomon and David Baghdadi locked themselves together with a plastic pipe and chanted "Coal kills, science lies" until police arrived Monday at the Charleston Marriott.

A municipal court official couldn't provide their ages or hometowns. She said they face fines of $562 per offense.

Solomon posted bond and was released. Baghdadi was sent to South Central Regional Jail.

The symposium is sponsored by the Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science, or ARIES, and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.

ARIES Director Michael Karmis said organizers opened the doors to several community groups, and he's disappointed they chose disruption over meaningful dialogue.

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