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July 28, 2014

Space For You on Climate Action Bus / Comments
This week EPA is hosting hearings on the Obama administration's "Clean Power Plan," a proposed rule that will require reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.

EPA has already heard from nearly 300,000 people. As you can imagine, the coal industry is not too happy about this proposed rule.

Show the EPA you want Climate Action Now! The Sierra Club has buses leaving from towns in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania early on the morning of July 31. The buses will arrive in Pittsburgh while one of the hearings is going on there, delivering you to a noon Climate Action Now rally right near the hearing location.

Hop on the bus to the Climate Action Now rally:
Who: You and other climate and clean energy activists
What: Climate lunchtime rally and EPA hearing on carbon limits for power plants 
When: Rally: Noon, Thursday, July 31
Hearing: Thursday, July 31 , 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (There's also a hearing August 1, but the bus leaves on the 31st.)
Where: William S. Moorhead Federal Building, Room #1310, 1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh (map)
Buses: Cleveland OH (stopping in Akron), Columbus OH (stopping in Wheeling, WV), WV Bus (Stopping in Charleston, Weston, Clarksburg, and Morgantown WV), Harrisburg PA, State College PA 

RSVP to or sign up for the bus here. Spots are filling up quickly, so sign up now.

In case you missed it, here's our take on the proposal. We're sending folks to some of the hearings.

Make your voice heard. No matter where you live, global warming impacts you, as does what we do about it as a nation. Written comments are due by October 16.

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Sign the Petition: Restore USGS Funding for MTR/Health Research
On July 26, the Charleston Gazette reported that the Obama Administration has quietly halted funding into any new fieldwork by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to gather data on the potential public-health threats posed by mountaintop removal.

Sign this petition to ask that the Obama Administration restore the funding for Bill Orem’s team at USGS to gather data on the human health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining. Any data gathered so far that is ready for publication should be released. In order to re-fund these studies, the research on the health and environmental effects of unconventional oil and gas extraction should not be halted.

Appalachians’ health matters — restore the funding! We deserve to know more about the health impacts on those living near these operations, as well as the impacts to the ecosystem.

Take another step to show you care about the health of people living in Appalachia: Join us in Washington, D.C., on September 8 and 9 for Our Water, Our Future, national days of action aimed at getting the safe water Appalachia needs.

OVEC's organizing a crew to head to this event, so check in with your OVEC organizer or reply to this e-mail for details. To register, click here.

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Join Us For OVEC's Annual Picnic
OVEC members should have received their (snail) mailers by now about our annual OVEC picnic.

We are meeting on Friday, August 8, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in Coonskin Park in Charleston, WV.

OVEC will provide the main course, including vegan options, as well as drinks. You can bring a dish to share, if you like, and we’re encouraging folks to bring their own place settings so we won’t have so much paper-plate-type waste.

We’ll be giving out our annual awards and we’ll have a short, fun presentation from Dr. Tom Pauley, an expert on West Virginia’s salamanders. We always have fun at this event. Will you invite some of your friends and come join us?

If you need details, reply to this e-mail, or call the office at 304-522-0246.

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Upcoming Events: Frack Waste Barge Comments Due Today
GreenHunter Water LLC has submitted a proposal to build a barge facility on the Ohio side of the Ohio River, to haul frack waste through the river.

Please take a moment to send an e-mail to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ask for an extension in the comment period and adequate public notice for all impacted communities. Learn more and take action here. The comment period closes today; ask for that extension so that we can all learn more.

Find out what else is coming up. Check out our online calendar. If you have an event you want considered for listing online, send your information to

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In This Alert

Climate Action and You

Sign the Petition: Restore USGS Funding for MTR/Health Research

Join Us for Picnic in The Park

Upcoming Events: Comments Due Today on Frack Waste Barge Docks

What a Photo Can Do:
DEP cites mining operation near Kanawha State Forest

Thanks to SouthWings for our flyover and to CRMW's Rob Goodwin for seeing the violation when he looked at the photos.

Sign the petition: Revoke the permit for the KD#2 Surface Mine adjacent to Kanawha State Forest

MTR is massive. Surely the government can study the health impacts on Appalachians! Fund the USGS studies!

From WV Rivers Coalition:
By July 31, Make Your Voice Heard
to Strengthen Protections
for Our Water Supplies


West Virginia American Water Co.
to open doors to public

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