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1,000 Signatures Say No to Coal Money

On Dec. 9, a petition with over 1,000 signatures was presented to West Virginia University’s President Jim Clements by the university’s Sierra Student Coalition.

The petition is a formal request that in the future the university reject donations from coal corporation CEOs Bob Murray and Don Blakenship.

“West Virginia University has received $1.5 million from two corrupt coal company leaders, Don Blankenship and Bob Murray. Both of these men have threatened the lives and health of innocent people through their companies’ practices. WVU has even honored Murray by creating a chairmanship in his name,” stated the West Virginia University Sierra Student Coalition.

The petition they issued requested that the chair name be changed to honor miners who have died in the course of duty.

According to a press release by Joe Gorman, “1,000 WVU Students Petition Against Dirty Coal Money,” as a result of their meeting with the Clements, the university president has agreed to put future donations under a stricter lens of ethical scrutiny.

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