<br>On March 16th, more than 175 students, parents, teachers, community leaders and local citizens occupied Gov. Joe Manchin's offices in downtown Charleston, West Virginia. Eleven of them were arrested while sitting peacefully in the office.
Massey Energy Corporation wants to build a second coal silo 400 yards from Marsh Fork Elementary School. Massey researchers have found that the coal silos release chemical-laden coal dust into the air which is poisoning the air that school kids have to breathe. Some independent studies have found coal dust throughout the school.
While the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection turned down Massey's request to build the second silo back in 2005, the state Surface Mine Board overturned that ruling this past Tuesday.
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