SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A southern West Virginia man who is worried about an elementary school that sits below a 385-foot-tall sludge dam in his community on Monday brought his campaign for a new school to Shepherdstown.
Marsh Fork Elementary School is 400 yards downstream from the sludge dam that is part of a large coal mining operation near the community of Sundial, W.Va.
The sludge dam holds about 2 billion gallons of sludge, according to the Pennies of Promise campaign.
Organizers of the campaign are worried about the school, considering an incident in 1972 when a coal sludge dam in Buffalo Creek, W.Va., burst and collapsed, killing 125 people and destroying more than 1,000 homes.
Pennies of Promise campaign organizers are working to raise awareness of the issue, and are raising funds to use for construction of a new school in a safe area.