WVU Sierra Student Coalition News and Updates
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by Hannah Spencer |
We stayed busy this fall and finished up the semester with a bang. At our last meeting of the semester, we voted for new officers. Joey James will be our new President, Brianna Horton will act as Vice President, Miranda Miller will be our Secretary, Hannah Largen will be our Treasurer, and there will be three of us working closely with outreach and media: Tyler Semler, Maria Panaccione, and myself. We are looking forward to a great year!
Continuing our connection with WV4MOM, we have been tabling at a local dorm complex to get students to sign a petition for a Moratorium on Marcellus. We have been very successful and have extended the tabling to include a video petition against the Keystone XL Pipeline. We have come to the conclusion that people seem to be more interested when we tell them these issues can potentially contaminate drinking water (or any water source).
Doug Gilbert, acting V.P., holds a poster at the SSC tabling efforts for the Keystone XL video petition
A few weeks ago, some of the SSC members volunteered with Friends of Deckers Creek to collect water samples and measure water flow on certain points along the creek. It was such a great experience! The coordinators were great and we will definitely be volunteering in the future.
We have great news to share with all of you!
Mountain Justice, a grassroots community-based campaign to end mountaintop removal coal mining, has decided to host its annual spring camp and workshop series — Mountain Justice Spring Break — in North Central WV. They will be centering discussions, workshops, and actions around local coal and natural gas issues. The SSC has been participating in the weekly planning conference calls, helping in site search and logistics, as well as the beginnings of the agenda and curriculum development.
If you’re interested in being a part of Mountain Justice in NCWV, contact Miranda Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org . We are so excited to have Mountain Justice so close to us! We are currently having trouble finding locations around the Morgantown area so if anyone knows of a great place to set up camp please let us know.
We have also been attending Morgantown City Council meetings to discuss Marcellus drilling operations and actions around the area. Joey spoke during a council meeting about the city asking WVU to adopt the policy that they will not allow natural gas drilling on university property. The city sent a follow-up email to Joey, but nothing more has come of the idea.
In mid-December, we met with Clement Solomon, President of the WVU Office of Sustainability, to try to establish ties between the Office of Sustainability and the Sierra Student Coalition. Updates from this meeting will be forthcoming in the next issue!