I misread this question and will have a better answer in a moment.
Many believe that the mining brings additional jobs to the state, and is not unnecessarily harmful to the environment. In protests in 2009, coal miners claimed that they did not want to be “run [them] off of their jobs” by environmental lobbyists, and stated that they replanted trees and took care of the streams. (http://www.wvpubcast.org/newsarticle.aspx?id=10152)
This was still the predominate argument in favor of mountaintop coal mining during protests in June, 2011:
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