DECAF Awakens Delbarton
July 19, 2003
Photos by Vivian Stockman
Delbarton Environmental Community Awareness Foundation
A Mingo County commissioner has said the county doesn't want any environmentalists
snooping around. He sure doesn't want any enviros living in his
county. Who needs those pesky people exposing Massey Energy's bad
Well, sorry commissioner. It seems there are quite a few residents
of Mingo County who are environmentalists--that is, people who care
about the future and who think coal companies ought to behave responsibly.
Why, there's a whole nest of those type of folks living in the community
How could this possibly have happened?
Energy just got too greedy. A Massey subsidiary wants to expand the coal
sludge impoundment that looms above Delbarton. Old underground
mines come near to, if not under, the impoundment. That's not too
comforting to Delbarton residents who know about Massey's
impoundment in Kentucky, which spewed 306 million gallons of sludge
into an old underground mine and out into area streams, killing aquatic
life and contaminating water for 100 miles.
Delbarton are really wary of the Massey operation. Blasting from mountaintop
removal encroaching on the town has apparently ruined water wells, and
the overloaded coal trucks that barrel along the main road are making
life miserable. Folks in the area see their mountains and their way of
life under attack. So, they formed a group to fight back--DECAF:
Delbarton Environmental Community Awareness Foundation.
out to awaken Delbarton to the dangers of mountaintop removal. The group
held its first event, a cook-out and information sharing session, on
Saturday, July 19, 2003. See pictures from the event below. Stay
alert for more from DECAF.
Larry Maynard (left) and Larry Gibson at the DECAF event in Delbarton.
Music for the Mountains in Delbarton.
Three generations of environmentalists.
Eats are always part of the best events.
Drinks go with good events, too.
One of Delbarton's finest checks up on things.
Hey, if it gets people to stop by...
Gee, what will that Mingo County commissioner do now?
Even the dogs are against mountaintop removal!