Apr 222010

By Becca Barhorst

I write this opinion not as an environmental activist, a renewable energy advocate, or a progressive. I write this as a humanist, as we should all be, with a genuine concern for the dangers in which we entrench our people. The explosion of the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia that occurred on April 5┬áhas disturbed me since I read the headline. A mining community that trusts companies like Massey Energy to maintain the safety of their workers was devastated after losing 29 miners, the worst mine explosion to occur since 1970. Continue reading »