Students hold rally in protest of proposed mine

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Melanie Posey

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Some local students hope they can stop a proposed strip mine near Cordova on land owned by the University of Alabama. That's why UAB co-eds held a protest in opposition to the Shepherd Bend mine.

Even though it would be built in Walker County, students say they're concerned it would damage a Birmingham water source. Tuesday, protestors asked students to sign petitions and cardboard raindrops that would be given to university officials.

"It's our water and I feel someone needs to do something to make this more public," said Joseph Olson, president of the Green Initiative, one of the groups hosting the demonstration.  "Lots of people haven't heard about this so we're trying to raise awareness."

They gave their petitions to Kellee Reinhart, a spokesperson for the UA Board of Trustees.

She was invited to attend the demonstration.

"It's great to see so many interested in the environment and we're delighted our students are letting their voices be heard," Reinhart said.

Students from Samford and Birmingham Southern College also joined in Tuesday's protest.  Students at the UA campus in Tuscaloosa will hold a similar demonstration on Thursday afternoon.

Copyright 2010 WBRC. All rights reserved.