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Sierra Club to host shale workshop

June 20, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

A special weekend workshop on Marcellus Shale drilling is scheduled for June 30 to July 1 on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon.

This year's Marcellus Academy is designed to equip emerging activists with the skills and tools needed to organize and raise awareness in their local communities. This is not an introductory course on how Marcellus Shale drilling works. Instead, emphasis will be on education, outreach and recruiting concerned citizens.

Since these industrial-scale drilling sites can cause major problems with water, land, air and health, this workshop focuses on giving participants the tools to effectively organize to protect their community and help guide local leaders to environmentally sound policies. The training will equip participants to enlist others to help with these tasks.

The goal is to empower more everyday citizens to take the initiative in protecting their communities.

All expenses for the workshop (lodging, meals and mileage) will be covered by the West Virginia Sierra Club. The program will run from 9:30 a.m. June 30 to 3:30 p.m. July 1, and it will include speakers from throughout the state and region.

Only a limited number of registrations will be accepted. Applicants will be considered based primarily on geographical region, resulting in new organizers in as many regions as possible.

Those interested in registering are asked to send their name, address, county, phone number and email to Chuck Wyrostok, Sierra Club outreach organizer, at More information is available by calling 877-252-0257 or visiting



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