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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!

Deep Shale GalleryHoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Jan 18
The Fracking Re-Invasion of Wetzel County
Wetzel County roads are narrow, with sharp bends and steep hills. Congestion from heavy fracking-related trucks can be big trouble. More
Action Alert Vivian Jan 11
New Year’s Update, MLK March, Advocacy Training, Pipeline Comments
Here's to the New Year! In 2017, OVEC turns 30! To celebrate, we'll combine our Treehuggers' Ball (this will be our 20th Treehuggers' Ball!) and our 30th anniversary celebration into one big bash in Huntington. More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Jan 10
Twelve Steps to Improve WV American Water’s Source Water Protection Plan
These twelve steps may be useful as you prep for the Jan. 17 rally and public hearing on WV American Water's 2014 water crisis response. More
Hoots and Hollers Robin Jan 9
Call Now to Rein in Alarming REINS Act
REINS could severely hamper any kind of regulatory oversight of industry from any and all government agencies (such as the EPA, the Food and Drug Administration, etc.); it is broad and far reaching in its scope. The Koch brothers and other industrial moguls are said to be advocating for this legislation.More
Deep Shale GalleryGalleryHoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Jan 8
Happy New Year from O & G: #Fracking-Related Traffic Woes in Wetzel
Big #fracking trucks blocking roads in nasty weather and pummeling infrastructure in all weather. Just another day in the Wetzel County gas fields.More
Press Release OVEC Jan 6
Three Years After the Water Crisis: Where Are We Now?
On the 3rd anniversary of the Elk River chemical leak, three important stories convergeMore
Press Release OVEC Jan 5
Fourth Circuit Court Affirms Clean Water Act Protections for West Virginia Families
Ruling Finds State Failed to Hold Coal Industry Accountable for Water Pollution, at Expense of Environment and CommunitiesMore
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Jan 3
DEIS for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Issued; Comment Period Underway
Over the coming months, we will add information that will help you craft your comments on the ACP DEIS, so stay tuned. If you want to comment in person, FERC will hold public meetings starting in February. We will post details as we have them. More
Newlsetter OVEC Dec 25
Winds of Change, Winter 2016-2017
Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up to be counted. More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Dec 16
Survey Says: Thank You for Taking It! We are Processing Your Input
Survey: We Hear You! Just so you know, we are still processing all the data. We really value your input and opinions, as well as the time you took to let us know what you think. Here is some of what you said.More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Dec 15
Letter to President-elect Trump: Grow Our Economy with Clean Energy Solutions
This letter to President-elect Trump ran as a full-page ad in USA Today on December 13.More

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Hoots and Hollers Robin Jan 9, 2017
Call Now to Rein in Alarming REINS Act
REINS could severely hamper any kind of regulatory oversight of industry from any and all government agencies (such as the EPA, the Food and Drug Administration, etc.); it is broad and far reaching in its scope. The Koch brothers and other industrial moguls are said to be advocating for this legislation.More
Hoots and Hollers Janet Dec 7, 2016
Don’t Just Rage—Donate! Your Support Makes Our Work Possible
You can feel proud to be a member of such a tenacious, hard-working environmental group. I know that OVEC wouldn’t have become such an effective organization without your loyal support, your time, your presence at events and, importantly, your tax-deductible contributions—adding up to victories both small and large. You carried the day in 2016. However, our work is far from over. More
Hoots and Hollers Janet Dec 12, 2016
Remembering Ken Hechler: Champion of the People
Ken Hechler, RIP. Union supporter, environmentalist, statesman, writer, historian, teacher, husband, father and add one more label—civil rights activist. Dear Ken, we know that you, of all people, have earned your eternal rest. Well done. You will be sorely missed.More
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