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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!

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
GalleryHoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Apr 18
#Fracking #Pipelines in Your Neighborhood: Muddy Roads
Pipeline construction makes mud, which makes it way onto public roadways. Sometimes it's a nuisance, sometimes it's a hazard. More
GalleryHoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Apr 18
#Fracking #Pipelines in Your Neighborhood: Dusty Roads
The pipeline guys would first stop all traffic to pull out onto the roadway, then drop mud off their trucks or drag it onto the roadway where it would dry out, then they would again stop all traffic to run a power road-sweeper on the road.More
GalleryHoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Apr 18
#Fracking #Pipelines in Your Neighborhood: Dirty Diesel Trucks
This extreme amount of filthy diesel fumes was absolutely unnecessary here, or anywhere. Newer trucks burn cleaner. No community resident should be subjected to getting stuck behind one of these junk trucks. Diesel fumes have known health impacts. But such is the regard of these companies for the communities they impact, and such is FERC's regard for the communities the agency subjects to these kind of impacts.More
GalleryHoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Apr 18
#Fracking #Pipelines in Your Neighborhood: Traffic — What a Clustertruck!
In its MXP DEIS, FERC states that the proposed pipeline construction would only be a minor inconvenience to residents. The daily restriction of routine travel my neighbors and I experienced went way beyond minor during the 11-month-long construction period of another pipeline. Our experience completely contradicts what FERC states.More
GalleryHoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Apr 18
#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
Hoots and Hollers Robin Apr 18
SM-80 Pipeline Construction in Wayne County: Before and During
We have been monitoring the construction going on with the SM-80 replacement segments in both Cabell and Wayne counties. Reminder: this very old Columbia pipeline is being “renovated” in our backyards, because of Columbia’s larger (36-inch diameter) proposed pipeline—the Mountaineer Xpress—which will connect to it at a compressor station in the Milton area. The comment […]More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Apr 17
Join Us at Peoples Climate March in Huntington, or at the Location Nearest You
April 29: Join us for the Peoples Climate March Huntington, WV. Together, we will #resist. #WhyIMarch peoplesclimate.orgMore
Press Release OVEC Apr 15
Peoples Climate March Sister Rally and March in Huntington, WV
Family friendly activities, speakers, music, information on local, regional, national, and global climate issues. Come out to Heritage Station and join in the march around the downtown area. Come celebrate your love for Huntington, the Ohio River, and the Earth!More

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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
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Mar 22, 2017
OVEC’s 30th Birthday Bash Weekend
This year, OVEC turns 30 and we hope you can join us for our 30th Birthday Bash Weekend. After all, all work and no play makes one crabby. Come on out to celebrate, agitate, recreate, and appreciate one another.  The weekend’s events start on Friday, April 28 at 6 p.m. with our 20th Treehuggers’ Ball and 30th […]More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Apr 17, 2017
Join Us at Peoples Climate March in Huntington, or at the Location Nearest You
April 29: Join us for the Peoples Climate March Huntington, WV. Together, we will #resist. #WhyIMarch peoplesclimate.orgMore
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