Massey Says No To Notion Of Paying For School

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Beckley, W.Va. (AP) -- A Massey Energy spokesman says the company isn't interested in donating money toward building a new Raleigh County school to defuse a controversy over the present school's location near a coal storage silo.

Raleigh County school officials say they've thought about asking Richmond, Va.-based Massey for help in paying for a new elementary school in the Marsh Fork area.

Massey spokesman Jeff Gillenwater says the coal company already pays millions of dollars in taxes that go toward education.

The current school is about 300 feet from a Massey coal silo, and the company wants to add a second nearby, which has sparked protests from environmentalists and residents.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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