Snowshoe Mountain is asking for help from the public to prevent the National Institute for Occupational Safety from building an underground coal mining facility adjacent to the Silver Creek area of the resort.
The facility will mimic a coal mine so that fire suppressant chemicals can be tested, and coal mining safety measures can be developed.
Here’s the full statement from Snowshoe:
The resort fears that the testing facility will negatively effect tourism, pollute various water sources to locals, and be an all-around bummer for one of the most beautiful landscapes in the region.
Snowshoe is asking the public to contact local elected representatives and urge them to not construct the new testing site in the proposed location.
Just a personal note- I spent 4 years of my life in school at West Virginia University. I saw first-hand how the state’s economy has been demolished by crumbling coal industry.
Do they really need to build a brand-new underground testing site for a fossil-fuel resource that will only cause pollution to both the water and air?
Hell no, and especially not near Snowshoe, the region’s best ski area.
Please spread the word and prevent these coal-mining idiots from ruining more of Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.