Residents of Sylvester, WV vs. Massey
Energy subsidiary Elk Run Coal Co.
February 5, 2003
Photos by Vivian Stockman
Sick of being covered in coal dust for five years by a Massey Energy coal processing
facility, despite endless complaints to the company and repeated pleas to the DEP for help, about 150 Massey Energy employees sued the company. Here are photos from the day of closing arguments. Follow the links in the sidebar for news on the trial.
Dustbuster Pauline Canterberry in the Madison County
Courthouse. Pauline and many of her dust busting friends
are members of both OVEC and the Coal River Mountain Watch.
Dustbuster Mary Miller arrives in the courtroom. She, like most
other Sylvester residents, is sick of the dust, noise and broken
promises from the Massey Energy subsidiary.
Sylvester residents' attorney Brian Glasser tells the jury the townsfolk
have been terribly mistreated by the Massey subsidiary for long enough.
The technology exists to cover the dust-producing facility,
attorney Glasser shows the jury. Elk Run's substation that
it is doing all it can doesn't hold even sludge-laden water.
Elk Run's attorneys appear blurred.
A possible correlation to what they do with the truth?