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Wheeling Jesuit University Students Take Active Role in Coal Impoundment Project


Survey gathers and analyzes opinions of Mountain State residents

May 26, 2005
Wheeling Jesuit University students assisted in the distribution and collection of a recent survey designed to better understand how residents of a group of southern West Virginia counties view their surrounding areas with regards to the production and impoundment of coal.

“Our goal with the survey was to gather and analyze trends in public opinion among West Virginia citizens,” said Davitt McAteer, vice president for Sponsored Programs at Wheeling Jesuit and director of its the Coal Impoundment Project. “The questions tapped into residents'' views of coal impoundments and impoundment emergency evacuation plans, as well as measured views towards government and government regulation and enforcement of the coal industry.”

Wheeling Jesuit students joined students from Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia universities in the research gathering process.

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