November 02, 2016

Manchin, Capito, Jenkins Provide Information on How to Submit Public Comment on the Future of Green Bank Observatory

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-WV) are providing West Virginians with information on public meetings and how to submit public comments on the future of the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will hold two public meetings on November 9th and accept written public comments until November 19th.

“Our state takes enormous pride in the awe-inspiring scientific research performed at the observatory and I am doing everything in my power to protect and preserve the observatory for future generations,” Senator Manchin said. “For over half a century, the observatory has contributed to West Virginia’s scientific, educational and economic well-being. The observatory is the largest scientific asset in our state and an important economic engine in the region. I am encouraging all West Virginians to attend these public meetings and submit written comments to ensure the future of this observatory and its positive impacts on our state for years to come. I am asking fellow West Virginians to join me in fighting to save this important facility. The NSF needs to hear from us on this issue, so let’s show them care much we care about Green Bank.”

“I recently visited the Green Bank Observatory, where I toured the world class facility and met the talented researchers whose work provides us with a window to the universe. This facility is such a point of pride for many West Virginians, in addition to being an economic driver for the community. I’ve been proud to support Green Bank Observatory and astronomy research through my position on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and I hope all West Virginians will join me in fighting for its future by attending a public meeting and submitting written comments,” said Senator Capito.

“The Green Bank Observatory employs West Virginians, gives our children incredible opportunities, and brings millions in investments to our state. As West Virginians, we must stand together and let those in Washington and across America know that the Green Bank Observatory is important to our state and important to our country. While I’m fighting in Congress to make sure this important asset is protected and preserved, I hope West Virginians will join me in making their voices heard,” Rep. Jenkins said.

The observatory is an important economic asset for the region. The roughly $8 million annual NSF investment in this facility generates nearly $30 million every year for the local economy.

To submit a written comment, email, with subject line “Green Bank Observatory,” or mail to Elizabeth Pentecost, RE: Green Bank Observatory, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1045, Arlington, VA 22230.

To attend the public meetings on November 9, please see additional information below:  

  • Afternoon meeting: November 9, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Green Bank Science Center, 155 Observatory Road, Green Bank, WV 24915, Telephone: (304) 456-2011.
  • Evening meeting: November 9, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Green Bank Science Center, 155 Observatory Road, Green Bank, WV 24915, Telephone: (304) 456-2011.