"Byrd Blasts Massey 'Arrogance' Over Marsh Fork School"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Robert C. Byrd on Wednesday blasted Massey Energy for what he called 'disregard for human life and safety,' following the company's refusal to help fund a new school so Marsh Fork Elementary students could move away from a Massy coal processing plant and slurry impoundment.

'Such arrogance suggests a blatant disregard for the impact of their mining practices on our communities, residents and particularly our children,' Byrd said in a statement. 'These are children's lives we are talking about.'

Byrd issued his harshly worded statement in response to news reports that Massey would not consider a request from the Raleigh County Board of Education to help finance relocation of Marsh Fork Elementary."

Ken Ward Jr. reports for the Charleston Gazette October 7, 2009.

Friday, October 9, 2009