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Caption: Clockwise from left: In 2005, Blankenship sought to build a second coal silo behind Marsh Fork elementary school; Vernon Haltom's group, Coal River Mountain Watch, pushed the state to take another look at the project; Mingo Central High, home to the Miners, lies just off King Coal Highway.
Coal River Mountain Watch has provided a forum for female activists who were often silenced under older union-led activism.
I decided to start working for Coal River Mountain Watch. I was kicked out of my parents' house because, if I kept living under their roof, my dad would have lost his job.
After a series of protests and rallies outside the coal prep plant, members of Coal River Mountain Watch met with West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin on June 22, 2005, to voice their concerns about the school.
"It's my feeling that the state government can't acknowledge the dangers of having a prep plant so close to an elementary school because they would be acknowledging the bigger issue that coal extraction and processing are threatening communities' health overall," says Hillary Hosta, an organizer for Coal River Mountain Watch. "There is so much coal extraction and processing so closely entwined in the area, that by acknowledging problems at Marsh Fork Elementary they'd be opening a much bigger can of worms."
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(Or, as she puts it, "educatin', motivatin', and communicatin'.") One of only three staffers at Coal River Mountain Watch, she also organizes protests, lobbies at the state capitol, and answers the constantly ringing phone.
Vernon Haltom, co-director of Coal River Mountain Watch, pointed out that many of the victims of MTR are schoolchildren.
With his wife, Deborah, and Coal River Mountain Watch, he launched a campaign to rebuild the school elsewhere.
Grassroots groups like these are giving voice to citizens like Julia Bonds, an organizer with Coal River Mountain Watch in Raleigh County, West Virginia.
The West Virginia-based Coal River Mountain Watch works to prevent such disasters and has recently focused its efforts primarily on "mountaintop removal" mining operations, which blast off the tops of peaks to get at underlying coal deposits.
"The DEP should have gone back and checked the maps," said Sarah Holtam of Coal River Mountain Watch, a nonprofit based in Coal River Valley, the region where the school is located.