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April 17: Come To Charleston for Blair Mountain
At noon next Friday, April 17, folks are planning to gather in Charleston to call out the Manchin administration on this attempt to delist Blair Mountain from the National Register of Historic Places. Bring a bag lunch and join us. E-mail email@example.com for details.
Please call Renee Stone, the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of the Interior at 202-208-6133 or e-mail her at Renee_Stone@ios.doi.gov to tell her no OSMRE insider for Director, please. Here's a sample message:
Dear Ms. Stone,
I am writing today regarding the nomination of the future Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. It is absolutely essential that this post be filled by a candidate from outside the OSMRE and by a candidate who is not connected to the coal industry.
In addition, it is essential that the next Director of the OSMRE is committed to fully and fairly enforcing the law, following sound science, and respecting the voice of impacted citizens.
Further, because of the thousands of acres and communities that have been devastated by decades of unchecked mining, the new director must understand the importance of creating new jobs in Appalachia via true reclamation of our land post-mining.
I am concerned that proposed candidates from within the OSMRE do not fulfill these essential requirements -- which is why I urge you to nominate a new Director of the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation from outside of the OSMRE.
Here in West Virginia, next Monday PBS will begin airing Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People narrated by Sissy Spacek. Among those interviewed are novelists Denise Giardina and Barbara Kingsolver, Coal River Mountain Watch's Judy Bonds, Blair Mountain friend Harvard Ayers and ecologist George Constanz. Here's Dianna Nelson Jones review of the series for the Pittsburgh paper, where the first episode has already aired.
This week on NOW on PBS, the topic is Can Coal be Earth-Friendly?
Note that both Bhopal and mountaintop removal are featured in Discover magazine online gallery: Man Greatest Crimes Against Nature in Photos.
Events, Near and Far
April 17, 5-9 p.m. at The Clay Center Art Museum (Charleston, WV) - Southern West Virginia Photovoice Exhibit and Public Reception. Public exhibit with over 100 "photostories" (photograph with narrative) from the forty Photovoice participants, across the five participating communities. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display from April 15-April 19. Details here. News stories on Photovoice here and here.
April 20 : Charlotte, NC. Cliffside Climate Action - Mass Rally and Nonviolent Civil Disobedience To Shut Down Duke Energy's Cliffside Coal Plant. Details here.
April 21: Washington, DC. The Committee on Energy and Commerce holds an investigation into the August 28, 2008, explosion at the Bayer CropScience facility in Institute, West Virginia. The Oversight Subcommittee will examine the causes of the accident, the adequacy of the response, and the scope of the information provided to the first responders, employees, and the public. Visit People Concerned About MIC for more information.
April 23: 6:30 p.m. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will hold a public meeting on in Institute, West Virginia, to present preliminary findings from its investigation of the August 28, 2008, chemical processing tank explosion at Bayer CropScience which fatally injured two workers. Meeting . at the West Virginia State University Wilson Building, Multipurpose Room, 103 University Union, Institute, WV, 25112. The meeting is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required, but to assure adequate seating attendees are encouraged to pre-register by emailing their names and affiliations to firstname.lastname@example.org by today, April 10. Visit People Concerned About MIC for more information.
April 26: 2:30 p.m.at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. West, Charleston, W.Va. - Leave No Child Inside, West Virginia: An afternoon with author Richard Louv. Details here.
April 28: Special Event for OVEC Members. If you are an OVEC member living in West Virginia, you should have received an invitation in the snail-mail. If you did not, please e-mail email@example.com.
May 17-23: Mountain Justice Training Camp.
June 19 – 20: Mountain Aid – A Concert to End Mountaintop Removal. Kathy Mattea, Donna the Buffalo, Ben Sollee, Sim Redmond Band, more will perform at the first annual Mountain Aid concert at the Shakori Hills Festival site in Chatham County, N.C. Buy tickets online now by clicking here. Help us publicize the event by downloading and printing a flyer then posting it at school, work or in friendly stores.