On Capitol Hill this Thursday, May 5, some politicians will hold a Congressional Hearing titled “EPA Mining Policies: Assault on Appalachian Jobs.” What a spin! It's more like: “Assault on EPA’s Ability to Keep the Coal Industry from Assaulting Appalachia’s Mountain Communities and Our Water.”
The hearing starts at 10 a.m. before the Water and Resources
Subcommittee in Room 2167 of the Rayburn House Office Building (in
Washington, D.C.). Please contact
for more information. We need to show the committee that we will
not stand for attempts to de-regulate MTR, strip authority away from the
EPA, or further weaken the integrity of the Clean Water Act. If you
can't make it to D.C., please consider writing a letter to the editor in
support of the EPA, no matter where you live. You can find
state-by-state newspaper contact information
If you can't make it to D.C., please consider writing a letter to the editor in support of the EPA, no matter where you live. You can find state-by-state newspaper contact informationhere.
OVEC volunteer Dustin White is already on his way to D.C. to be present at this hearing. He was in DC just a few weeks ago for the Annual Stop Mountaintop Removal lobby week. Please take a couple of minutes to watch his YouTube appeal, made during his last D.C. visit, and then see the end of the video to take action:
Dustin writes: My personal request of Rockefeller was caught on video and I have made my request public with letters to the editors. I need your help in this endeavor. Please, contact his offices and tell them you want Sen. Rockefeller to honor our request -- that you want him to address the victims of MTR without the coal industry in his ear. Call, write, fax, and e-mail his local offices and in D.C. and write your own letters to local media. Be persistent, he expects us to just go away if he ignores us. I hope, with your help, we can get Sen. Rockefeller on this tour to see what MTR has done to our lives.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in DC: Check out the
latest in the Mountain Heroes campaign from our most
excellent friends at Earthjustice. If you haven't already joined the
photo petition, please do check that out.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in DC: Check out the latest in the Mountain Heroes campaign from our most excellent friends at Earthjustice. If you haven't already joined the photo petition, please do check that out.
Wow. The Last Mountain is set to open in theaters in June. Meanwhile, On Coal River has been appearing in theatres as part of Whole Foods Market Do Something Reel Film Festival. If there's not a showing near you, check out the websites to see how you can host screenings of these powerful documentaries in your community.
Did you catch the New York Times front page, above-the fold article about Lindytown, W.Va. and OVEC's work in the area? If not, click here to read the news story, which ran April 12. Note that the day after the article ran, the coal company removed the boulder that had been so worrying Quinnie Richmond.
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