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Stand Up to Massey--For The Sake of the Kids

 

 

Community Members Take Action For the Sake of the Kids

May 24, 2005
Photos by Vivian Stockman

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Residents Believe Massey Energy Facility Endangers School Kids

Coal River Mountain Watch's super-volunteers Bo Webb and Ed Wiley worked overtime to get community members out to rally peacefully against Massey Energy's Goals Coal facility at noon on Tuesday, May 24. OVEC staff Abe Mwaura and Scott Straight, along with OVEC's super-volunteer Mike Morrison, joined Coal River Mountain Watch in going door-to-door for days. They showed area residents photos of the facility's coal sludge impoundments and coal preparation plant that sit above and adjacent, respectively, to the Marsh Fork Elementary School. Parents and grandparents told the organizers that many kids are coming home sick after school, but that their symptoms clear up after they have been home for a while.

(Read more about the dangers the Massey Energy facility poses to the school by clicking here.  Or here. Here, too. To learn more about the chemicals used in processing coal for market, click here.)

About 100 people showed up at the rally, marching the short distance from outside the school to the gates of the Massey plant. When Bo Webb and Coal River Mountain Watch's Judy Bonds tried to deliver a list of demands to the head of the plant, Massey security guards came out, snapping pictures of everyone. The guards refused to ask the plant's chief to come get the demands. Bo and Judy said they would wait to deliver the demands, at which points the guards asked the state police to arrest Bo and Judy for trespassing. The police escorted the pair away. After the rally crowd dispersed, the pair were ticketed for trespassing and released, with an apology from the state police for having to arrest them.

Below and on the following pages are pictures of the rally.
 

The Goals Coal (A Massey Energy subsidiary) silo towers above Marsh Fork Elementary School. Massey wants to put in another silo right next to this one--even though some children at the school already suffer health problems.
The Goals Coal (A Massey Energy subsidiary) silo towers above Marsh Fork Elementary School. Massey wants to put in another silo right next to this one--even though some children at the school already suffer health problems.

The people begin to assemble.
The people begin to assemble.

The banner reads "Massey Energy: Raping Our Homeland."
The banner reads "Massey Energy: Raping Our Homeland."

Marching from the school to the plants takes just moments.
Marching from the school to the plants takes just moments.

Bo, left, warms up the crowd.
Bo, left, warms up the crowd.

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