Tuesday, February 23, 2010

White Oak Mountain Coal Mining Debate

Monday, February 9th, 2010
In our class we prepared for a debate regarding a potential new mountain top removal site at White Oak Mountain, West Virginia. Students took on the personalities and arguments of different people involved in this real life event and prepared arguments to debate for and against this mountain top removal site. These were the players:
Cole Curtis - Bill Rainey, President of West Virginia Coal Association
Isaac Galton - Doug Wallace, County Comissioner
Emma Santoianno - Cecilia Roberts, President of UMWA (United Mine Workers Association)
Ariel Lindeman - Citizen against mountain top removal
Gressa Cedergren - Rachel Gardener, representative of White Oak community members
Imani Gouvia - Citizen against mountain top removal
Michelle Rehfield, Alessandra Muehlemann, Meghan Lundy-Jones - Members of the EPA voting whether or not to allow this new mountain top removal site

Below are some of the students presenting their sides:


It was a heated debate with excellent arguments on both sides. However, in the end the EPA decided that the advocates of mining the mountain had stronger arguments and that we would allow the coal company to begin mining there.


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Ariel Lindeman - Citizen against mountain top removal

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Gressa Cedergren - Rachel Gardener, representative of White Oak community members

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Emma Santoianno - Cecilia Roberts, President of UMWA (United Mine Workers Association)


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Isaac Galton - Doug Wallace, County Comissioner

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Cole Curtis - Bill Rainey, President of West Virginia Coal Association

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