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Marsh Fork Elementary School


Marsh Fork Elementary sits less than 300 feet from an active coal loading silo and 400 yards from a sludge dam with a 2.8 billion gallon capacity that the Mine Safety and Health Administration says is improperly constructed and leaking.

Over the past several years, community members have been trying to get a new school built for the kids in their community. Last summer Governor Joe Manchin met with community members and told them he would have tests done to see if the school was safe. He had an HVAC maintenance worker check out the school and as soon as the story fell from the headlines, deemed the school safe, without any scientific study, only a check on the ventilation system of the school. An independent analysis of the school was done over the winter and of the seven samples of dust taken, all seven contained coal dust.

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Since the Governor won’t act, the residents of the Coal River Valley have taken up the fundraising cause. They are raising the funds needed to buy the land in their community and build a new, safe school in their community.

See the video of the press conference launch and meeting with the Governor here.

Other articles about the launch:

Marsh Fork Parents Ask Manchin for Help

State Journal

Coalfield residents launch fundraising campaign for new school

Associated Press

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