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W.Va. MJSB to bring awareness to fracking

The Parthenon

Published: Friday, February 15, 2013

Updated: Friday, February 15, 2013 00:02

Marshall University students are welcomed to participate in the West Virginia Mountain Justice Spring Break to help raise awareness of alternative resources and to learn about mountain top removal, coal mining fracking, natural gas and the dangers of nuclear energy.

MJSB will be at Doddridge County Park near West Union, W.Va. There is a registration fee that can be paid for the whole week or per day.

Fracking is a process of fracturing shale rock by drilling and injecting fluids at a high pressure. The process is used to release natural gas. There are up to 600 chemicals in fracking fluid and the toxic chemicals that are released can contaminate ground water
With mountain top removal, mountains are being destroyed. The rock and soil above the coal is often dumped in valleys. The process is called “ecocide” and is culture-cide, according to the MJSB website.

Students who register will have an opportunity to participate in various workshops, site tours, films, project sessions and a variety of social events that include meals, music shows and yoga.

Strategy sessions on using collective efforts to move forward from using coal as a resource and transitioning to alternative forms of energy creation such as wind and solar will take place.

MJSB is working to create sustainable communities in the Appalachian region and beyond.

The MJSB mission states, “We work together to create diverse and sustainable economies in Appalachian regions traditionally dominated by the coal industry by supporting businesses, jobs and ways of living that are not environmentally or culturally destructive and are nourishing to the social and biological fabric of healthy communities.”

Dave Cooper, who is from Kentucky, has been attending MJSB since it began in 2007 and is helping organize the event.

“We would love to have Marshall students join Mountain Justice Spring Break,” Cooper said. “It’s a good opportunity to learn about the impact of coal mining, fracking natural gasses and nuclear power and how these issues are affecting people in rural parts of West Virginia.”

Mountain Justice Spring Break is also a group effort.

“It’s all about team effort,” Cooper said. “It doesn’t have a leader and is non-hierarchal, there’s no president.”

Mountain Justice Spring Break offers a carpooling system to help anyone and everyone get involved.

Another MJSB opportunity will take place in Appalachia, Va., March 1 through March 10.

Shannon Grener can be contacted at

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