This week, West Virginia Granpa Ed Wiley will be arriving in Washington DC to deliver a letter to Sectretary of Education Margaret Spellings asking for help to build a new school in the Coal River Valley.
Ed’s granddaughter goes to Marsh Fork Elementary, a school sitting right next to a toxic site owned by a Massey Energy subsidiary.
Goals Coal, a Massey Energy subsidiary, stores coal waste and chemicals in a 2.8 billion-gallon pond up the mountain from Marsh Fork Elementary, where Wiley’s granddaughter attended school. Less than 100 yards from the playground, a silo holds coal processed at an adjacent plant.
This is getting ridiculous as coal companies are more concerned with their bottom line than the local school children’s well-being. Ed is walking from West Virginia to Washington DC to raise awareness about this injustice. His campaign has been taking donations down to the penny to build a new school.