A few months ago, Goals Coal applied again for permission to put up a second coal loading silo next to Marsh Fork Elementary School. After being initially approved last year, it was rejected a few weeks later on the grounds of inaccurate maps. They changed the maps and applied again.
After an intense and emotional hearing in which residents on all sides of the issue expressed a desire for a new school in the community the DEP rejected it. They\’re reasoning was that the proposed silo was, like the existing one, within 300 feet of a school in violation of both the letter and intent of the Surface Mine Control and Reclamation Act of 1977(SMCRA). Here are some news stories about it. And be sure to check out the Myths and Facts of Marsh Fork Elementary to the the truth about the Governor Manchin\’s spin.
And don\’t forget to visit www.PenniesOfPromise.org.