Jan 262014

Heavy snowfall kept a couple of our speakers and likely hundreds of folks who had planned to be there from our January 21 Honoring the Waters Candlelight Vigil. Robin Mahonen with Wheeling Water Warriors and Donna Branham of Mingo County both could not safely travel to the vigil, but they sent along their speeches.OVEC’s Robin [...]

Nov 232013

As mentioned in the news, OVEC and other environmental groups are troubled by the potential impacts of the proposed cracker plant in Wood County, W. Va. on both air and water quality, just as we are troubled by the gas fracking process as a whole. Another troubling aspect of this proposal is the potential for [...]

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Nov 192013

For those of you who are near Charleston, W.Va. today, November 19, from 3 to 4:00 p.m. there’s a hearing on the handling and disposal of fracking waste at the WV State Capitol in the House Government Organization Committee Room (in the East Wing, second floor Room 215E; see page nine of this map-pdf ). [...]

Nov 152013

We have a lofty goal of raising $25,000 in memberships and grassroots donations by December 31.  We can do this, with your help. As 2013 draws to a close, we here at OVEC are reflecting on our blessings and achievements this year. We are filled with gratitude for folks like you who provide volunteer time, [...]

Nov 42013

Questions that I’ve been asking myself lately are, “Who are the companies that are treating the waste water from the fracking process? Who are the corporate players getting in on on this new and lucrative business due to the Marcellus Shale gas drilling boom?” You don’t hear much about these shadowy companies, and maybe for [...]

Aug 282013

Last night I started watching Triple Divide, about deep shale gas fracking in Pennsylvania.  I purchased a copy of the DVD from the Mountain Watershed Association last weekend, when I attended the No Fracking Way gathering. My dog looked at me funny when I yelled “What the frack!” at the TV. I was reacting to [...]

Aug 282013

This fall, a baton that symbolizes water, mountains and life itself, will be passed by relay along the entire 981-mile length of the Ohio River. Participants will move the baton along the river by canoe or kayak, or along the river’s banks by foot, bicycle, rollerblade or skateboard — by any human-powered means. The Great [...]

Aug 202013

The Huntington Herald Dispatch carries a story today about the need for volunteers from our area to take part in the Great Ohio River Relay. Join up! Tentatively starting around September 22, OVEC has committed to providing relayers for the baton between Pt. Pleasant, WV and Ironton, OH. If you are interested in helping, contact [...]

Aug 52013

  Thanks to the Post Carbon Institute (PCI; like them on Facebook here), OVEC is in the midst of distributing more than 250 copies of the large-format book ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth. Organizationally, OVEC has partnered with PCI in their Energy Reality Campaign, a national effort to increase energy literacy, with [...]

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Aug 52013

Update: Read this August 18 Sunday Gazette Mail article, Years later, son still upset about damage to father’s grave It is official — the families associated with the Crystal Block Cemetery in Logan County have prevailed. We rejoice with them as they have had a long struggle in and out of court to obtain some [...]