Becks and Catherine-Ann have been in their trees for a full week and one day now. They have weathered severe heat, thunderstorms, and biting insects, but they remain resolute and in high spirits. They are determined to remain in the trees for as long as they can. They have succeeded in halting most work and blasting on the portion of the Bee Tree strip mine within Bee Tree hollow. Little work has continued on other parts of the site, and only one small blast was set off this past week – on Friday afternoon. The 12-hole blast occurred approximately 2010 feet from the sitters, which is outside of the MSHA required 1500 foot blast evacuation radius for strip mine workers.
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