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September 9, 2014
Appalachians Are Taking Action: Join Us!
Look out D.C. — Appalachia’s coming at ya! Several OVEC members are in Washington, D.C., right now, alongside other Appalachian leaders, taking action for Our Water, Our Future. No matter where you are at the moment, you can help out.

Yesterday, our group of fine folks sat down with members of the Obama administration to demand that the administration follow through on its 2009 promises: to take measures to protect the people, waters and mountains of Appalachia from the dangerous impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining.

Please take a few minutes now to learn more about those promises and to let the administration know that these mountain leaders aren't alone! Read, e-sign and send this letter to administration officials.

If you want to show even more support, tell EPA why you fight for clean water. We’re asking allies across the country to show their solidarity by sharing images of themselves with water that is important or sacred to them. From Detroit to the Gulf South to the Southwest, in drought-stricken California and all across the fracked nation, people are fighting to protect their water!

Why do you fight for clean water? Email photos to or share on-line tagged #ourwaterourfuture to tell the EPA what water means to you.

Our Water, Our Future is hosted by The Alliance For Appalachia, a coalition of 15 groups, including OVEC.

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October 34: Wellness and Water
Save the dates and plan to join us for Wellness and Water, at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, 3818 Venable Ave., Charleston, WV.

Volunteers are needed to help with set up, tear down and more. Reply to this e-mail if you'd like to lend a hand.

In January, about 300,000 people living in central West Virginia got a rude awakening to the threats chemical manufacturing and storage can pose to drinking water and human health. People living in coal-bearing regions of West Virginia face threats to their drinking water and their health from mountaintop removal coal mining and coal prep plants. An increasing number of the state’s residents are worrying about the impacts Marcellus Shale drilling and waste disposal activities pose to potable water and people’s health.

What measures can we take to safeguard our wellness and our water?
Wellness and Water's Saturday program will explore these matters with panels featuring scientists and affected residents, informational tables, open-space discussions and plenary speakers — Dr. Rahul Gupta and two Goldman Environmental Prize winners, Helen Slottje and OVEC organizer Maria Gunnoe.

On the evening of Friday, October 3, we’ll kick things off with a concert featuring Andrew McKnight and Colleen Anderson & George Castelle. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the concert runs from 7 – 10 p.m. It will be big fun, plus it will help raise money for conference scholarships. Help spread the word: download, print and post this concert flier in friendly locations. While you are at it, do the same for this flier promoting the entire event.

Click here for more information, including fees. You'll soon be able to register online here. Please do pre-register; it will save you money and will help our planning. If you want to register right away, call the OVEC office at 304-522-0246.

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The People's Climate March
We hope you saw our tweets and Facebook and blog posts about securing tickets for a red-eye bus from WV to The People's Climate March on September 21 in New York City. That bus in now full. There may still be space in some carpools heading to the march and possibly events beforehand; if you are looking for a ride reply to this e-mail and we'll see if we can help.

The Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit is also slated for September 19–21.

Here's some motivation to attend the march, in case you were feeling like this.

Appalachians have been discussing plans to meet and march together, with signs and chants that make clear our particular section of ground zero of the climate crisis. No more business as usual, no more "all of the above" energy policies. No more poisoned water. Time (past time!) for a just transition away from fossil fuels.

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Coal Rush on Link TV Tonight
Tonight and for several more days, you can tune in to Link TV to see Coal Rush.

OVEC members and Sludge Safety Project partners will recognize fellow members and supporters in this film. When we first smelled and tasted the coal-prep-plant chemical called MCHM leaking into the Elk River, we couldn't help but think about communities like the one featured in this film. Coal-prep waste is the culprit here (well, regulators that either allow or ignore how coal companies "dispose" of their prep plant waste).

Coal Rush is a documentary that takes place in West Virginia, yet serves as a cautionary tale for a world heavily relying on fossil fuels that come with a hefty price for society. The film, bringing to light one of the worst yet least publicized U.S. industrial contamination disasters, focuses on courageous Appalachians who fight to defend their human right to clean water — and persevere in their quest for truth and justice.

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In This Alert

Appalachians Are
Taking Action: Join Us!

Wellness and Water

The People's Climate March

Coal Rush on Link TV Tonight

Support Gainesville
Loves Mountains:

Show some love back: Help bring Appalachia to Gainesville, FL. This month, Gainesville City Commission will decide whether the city utility will continue purchasing coal that is mined using mountaintop removal. Learn more, take action here.


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