About 50 Methodist activists from the group Methodists for Social Change marched into the rally, held on the west side of the Capitol near the Governor's Mansion, carrying anti-mountaintop-removal signs.
"There is Scripture on this: ëYour heart is where your treasure is,'" said John Taylor, a spokesman for the group.
"Where is Arch Coal's heart? Where is A.T. Massey's heart? Where is Cecil Underwood's heart?" Taylor asked. "Their hearts are in their checkbooks, and they're gaining by the destruction of sacred places."
Last week, West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney issued a statement that said, "These people want to ban coal mining altogether, and the tragedy is their actions have already resulted in the loss of hundreds of jobs."
Raney said his group would "redouble our efforts to educate the public, our elected officials and others on what's at stake and how the distortions of a vocal minority have seriously harmed peoples' lives and the economy of the state."