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WVU Sierra Student Coalition Update
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by Hannah Spencer | 2011

The WVU SSC Chapter is working on 2 big issues in West Virginia. Care to guess which ones?

The Sierra Student Coalition at WVU has been hard at work this semester. Our main environmental concerns have been focused on two prominent issues in the state: Mountaintop Removal Mining and Marcellus Shale Drilling.

We are working closely with WV4MOM (West Virginia for a Moratorium on Marcellus) on natural gas drilling issues and are planning events to raise awareness of the environmental hazards presented by Marcellus drilling.

View of MTR operation from Kayford Mountain. photo by Hannah Spencer

We also recently went on an outing to Kayford Mountain in southern West Virginia. A group of WVU SSC students attended the Changing of the Leaves Festival on Larry Gibson’s property. As an individual attending this event, I can honestly say it was eye-opening. We all agreed the scale of mountaintop removal mining does not become realistic until it is seen right before your eyes. Larry Gibson was a great speaker and we enjoyed the tour he led around his property. After attending this event, we all had new ideas to bring to the club meetings and we are excited to see the results of our future actions through the school year.

We expect to hold several events throughout the year and involve our group in the fights against Marcellus Shale Drilling and Mountaintop Removal Mining. Stay tuned for more updates!

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