Students from South Stokes High School and the Stokes Early College shared their views on fracking and coal ash last week at the first ever Symposium on Technology and Environmental Asset Management at the Walnut Cove Public Library.
The event was organized by the Amnesty International clubs at both schools as a way for the county’s youth to learn more about the issues and share their thoughts.
“When the coal ash spill happened in Eden one of our kids said why don’t we go down and see it,” said Patrick Minges who sponsors the club at Stokes Early College. “They got first hand experience about the impact of coal ash. This year we were talking about issues and there was a lot of discussion about fracking so we thought we would do something that deals with both coal ash and fracking.”
Minges said students spent a good deal of time researching the issues and preparing papers and displays to present to the community.