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OVEC (the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition) formed in 1987 to stop a toxic waste dump/incinerator proposed for a low-income community near Huntington, WV. We won that campaign. By supporting organized voices and empowered communities, we’ve been winning environmental and social justice campaigns ever since. Our members and volunteers are crucial to our work. Join OVEC!

Hoots and Hollers Robin May 19
Invitation to May 25 Ohio River Water Ceremony from MU NASO
Thanks to all who showed up for Peoples Climate March events — whether in D.C., Charleston or Huntington, or elsewhere.More
Press Release Vivian May 19
Groups Urge Citizens to Speak Up on Mountaintop Removal’s Impacts on Human Health
Three citizens’ groups that for decades have called for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining are urging their members and concerned citizens to speak up on the human health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining during a May 23 town hall meeting hosted by a study committee of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC May 17
A Big Chance for You to Tell It to People Who Want to Hear It: Mountaintop Removal and Human Health
Come speak about mountaintop removal and human health on May 23 in Logan, WV.More
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Hoots and Hollers OVEC May 17
Shots Fired During Rally to Oppose Toxic Waste Dumping; Peaceful Protesters Carry On: Headwaters Defense
Headwaters Defense on toxic waste dumps in Fayette County, WV: Shut 'em down! Clean 'em up!More
GalleryHoots and Hollers Vivian May 11
May 10: Aerial View of Location for C-SPAN May 9 Washington Journal Show on Coal
On May 9, C-SPAN's Washington Journal program focused on coal, on location Several of us were on a location that C-SPAN had selected, outside, at a Powhatan Point, OH, Murray Energy facility along the Ohio River. Here are some May 10 aerial shots of that location. More
Action Alert Vivian May 8
May 9 and Beyond: Actions You Can Take No Matter Where You Are
May 9 is one busy day: 853 acre MTR site? No! Pack the hearing room. Fracking waste in Fayette County? No! Come to the courthouse. OVEC on C SPAN live! Showing of Blood on the Mountain. And then there's more in this OVEC Action Alert. More
Hoots and Hollers Janet Apr 27
Lamenting J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy
Undoubtedly, horribly broken families like Vance’s do exist in Appalachia, but as they exist here, they also exist elsewhere.More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Apr 27
MIners’ Health Care Future Up for Vote in Congress
Recently, retired deep miners, UMWA members, and OVEC members Chuck Nelson and Terry Steele both had op-eds published in West Virginia newspapers. The examine the plight of miners' health care benefits.More
Action Alert Vivian Apr 21
Earth Day & Beyond: Actions & Events, Including Peoples Climate March Huntington
Comments are due by April 24 on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline (MXP). Find info on how you can comment.More
GalleryHoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Apr 18
#Fracking #Pipelines in Your Neighborhood: Burning Trees and Pipeline Trash
If you are a pipeline builder, how do you get rid of some of the pipeline trash and some of the trees you felled for your right-of-way? Burning! We don't need this extra air pollution.More
GalleryHoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Apr 18
#Fracking #Pipelines in Your Neighborhood: Muddy Stream
In comparison to the OVC, the MXP is much longer and crosses many more streams. What happened here could likely happen during stream crossing done anywhere by any pipeline company. It seems like the construction company had a significant lack of proper, accurate planning, and a total underestimation of stream flow volumes.More

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Hoots and Hollers OVEC May 17, 2017
A Big Chance for You to Tell It to People Who Want to Hear It: Mountaintop Removal and Human Health
Come speak about mountaintop removal and human health on May 23 in Logan, WV.More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Mar 10, 2017
National Academy of Sciences Wants to Hear from You on MTR and Human Health
The National Academy of Sciences study on mountaintop removal coal mining and human health is underway. They want to hear from you! Come out May 22-24 in Charleston.More
GalleryHoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Apr 18, 2017
#Fracking #Pipelines in Your Neighborhood: Intro to a Dirty Picture Collection
This blog series details the community and environmental impacts and inconveniences which were actually experienced by local residents during the 11-month-long construction of the 30-inch Ohio Valley Connector pipeline in Wetzel County, WV. More
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