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    Screening of Blood on the Mountain: Schuykill, PA

    5/13/2107 UN Human Rights Testimony Athens, OH
    5/21/2017 UMWA 1440 Matewan, WV 
    5/28/2017 Tucker Arts Spring Festival Davis, WV
    6/6/2017 AIHC Conference Seattle, WA 
    6/23/2017 Potters Farm Schuykill, PA 
    8/1/2017 Mother Jones Film Festival Cork, Ireland
    9/7/2017 SOMA Festival Maplewood, NJ

    http://bloodonthemountain.com

    Appalachia Barnraising

    A Note From PublicLab

     

    Hello!

    We are excited to announce that Public Lab will be hosting a regional event called Appalachia Barnraising June 24 and 25 in Morgantown, West Virginia.

     

    The Appalachia Barnraising is an open event that seeks to bring participants together to share out about regional environmental concerns, advance technical knowledge, and improve social ties. It will also have a focus on extreme energy extraction. Communities affected by coal mining, oil drilling, and fracking will be front and center at this event as we come together to work on developing strategies, and on addressing these issues in our communities, and across the region.

     

    Registration is open and more information about the event can be found at www.publiclab.org/Barnraising.

    Please pass along the invite, and hope you can come!

     

    2017 West Virginia Solar Congress

    Join solar energy enthusiasts from across West Virginia for the 2nd annual West Virginia Solar Congress, hosted by our friends at WV SUN !

     

     2017 West Virginia Solar Congress 

     

    Envisioning a future of energy freedom for West Virginia

     

     Saturday, June 24

     

    10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

     

    Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College

     

    316 Eastern Drive, Moorefield, WV

     

    The West Virginia Solar Congress is a free public conference that brings together solar supporters from across the state to learn and discuss the status and future for solar energy in West Virginia. The day will include a series of presentations and a participatory open forum discussion. The event will focus on two major topic areas: envisioning a future of energy freedom for West Virginia, and solar energy basics.

     

     This event is FREE and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend!

    RSVP here to attend

     

    Pipeline Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Training

    WV Rivers and Trout Unlimited will host a pipeline monitoring training in partnership with Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River in Alderson, WV on Saturday, June 24. 

    The pipeline monitoring training and protocol is designed to identify and minimize potential impacts from pipeline development on sensitive water, fish and wildlife resources.

    Registration is required. Please register by Wednesday, June 21.

    What: Pipeline Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Training
    When: June 24, 10:00am – 4:00pm 
    Where: Alderson, WV. 

     

     

     

     

    Less Than Two Weeks Until DRYerson

    For more than two decades, the Center for Coalfield Justice has been involved in the protection of Ryerson Station State Park: to this day, we fight for the streams within and around the park in an effort to preserve the recreational and economic opportunities.

    To celebrate this, the 11th Annual DRYerson Festival will take place on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Pavilion #1 at the park. We will have live music, hot dogs and side dish, and games for kids and adults, all for free.

    We will also have a raffle basket table where you can buy tickets for the chance to win an item, our annual membership drive, and event t-shirts. Bring your friends, relatives, and dogs (on a leash, please) to enjoy a day in the sun, celebrating the park we have worked so hard to save.

    The Sierra Club will be tent camping that night, so if you are interested in spending a night under the stars, consider joining them by registering here. If you are living in the city, reserve your spot on the bus coming from Pittsburgh, and support your rural neighbors.

    If you’re interested in volunteering, help us screen print DRYerson T-shirts on Tuesday, June 13th during the day at the Carnegie Library in Homewood, or join us on Thursday, June 15th for phone banking in the CCJ office. Contact our community organizer, Sarah Martik, at smartik@gmail.com or call 724-229-3550, or use this link to let us know you can volunteer. Regardless of whether you want to donate time or enjoy the day, be sure to join us for the DRYerson Festival.

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    From the Ashes

    A film about coal industry and communities, “From the Ashes” will air June 25 on National Geographic TV.

    Our Day in the Sun – Solar Music Festival

    Hosted by Keeper of the Mountains Foundation

     

    Come join us for our third annual Solar Powered Music Festival! 
    We will have lots of fun, food, friends and music!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1343257092422432/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%223%22%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22%3A%22regular%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%2217%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

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    Nat’l Academy of Science Mtg on MTR and Human Health

    A National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committee wants to hear from you on mountaintop removal coal mining and human health. NAS held one meeting in Logan, WV in May. See press coverage of that meeting here

    The next NAS committee meeting takes place July 11 – 12 at The Keck Center of the National Academies, 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001.   

    You can also send comments online, here. Please take the time to comment to the committee! If you live near mountaintop removal, or have been forced to move because of it, please comment! If you are someone who cares about the people of Appalachia who live near this egregious and dangerous form of mining, please comment! 

    If you need reminders about MTR and human health, please take some time to explore the links and information at these pages:

    Mountaintop Removal: In Our Own Words

    Human Health Impacts

    Health Studies on the Effects of MTR Coal Mining

    The final committee meeting will take place August 21-23, location to be determined.

    For background information, please see: Groups Urge Citizens to Speak Up on Mountaintop Removal’s Impacts on Human Health

    Please address any questions about upcoming meetings to Remy Chappetta at rchappetta@nas.edu. Subscribe for study updates here.

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    Schedule for Environmental Review of Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP): Issuance of Notice of Availability of the final EIS​

     

    Schedule for Environmental Review of Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP)

    Posted: 15 May 2017 10:05 PM PDT

     

    Notice from FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION

    RE: Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC​Docket Nos. CP15-554-000 &

    CP15-554-001

    Dominion Transmission, Inc. ​Docket No. CP15-555-000

     

    NOTICE OF REVISED SCHEDULE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF THE ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE AND SUPPLY HEADER PROJECT

     

    ​This notice identifies the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff’s revised schedule for the completion of the environmental impact statement (EIS) for Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC’s (Atlantic) Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Dominion Transmission, Inc.’s (DTI) Supply Header Project. The first notice of schedule, issued on August 12, 2016, identified a final EIS date of June 30, 2017.

     

    However, in response to comments on the draft EIS (which had a comment closing date of April 6, 2017), staff sent an environmental information request to Atlantic and DTI in April 2017, and only recently received the information necessary for us to complete our environmental review. As a result, staff has revised the schedule for issuance of the final EIS.

     

    >> Issuance of Notice of Availability of the final EIS​: July 21, 2017

    >> 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline: ​October 19, 2017

    In order to receive notification of the issuance of the final EIS and to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription (http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp).

    Inconvenient Sequel

    Release date is July 28th

    Trailer and more info. can be found here:

    https://www.facebook.com/AnInconvenientTruth/

    Screening of Blood on the Mountain: Cork, Ireland

    http://bloodonthemountain.com/

     

    5/13/2107 UN Human Rights Testimony Athens, OH
    5/21/2017 UMWA 1440 Matewan, WV 
    5/28/2017 Tucker Arts Spring Festival Davis, WV
    6/6/2017 AIHC Conference Seattle, WA 
    6/23/2017 Potters Farm Schuykill, PA 
    8/1/2017 Mother Jones Film Festival Cork, Ireland
    9/7/2017 SOMA Festival Maplewood, NJ

    Screening of Blood on the Mountain: Maplewood, NJ

    http://bloodonthemountain.com/

     

    5/13/2107 UN Human Rights Testimony Athens, OH
    5/21/2017 UMWA 1440 Matewan, WV 
    5/28/2017 Tucker Arts Spring Festival Davis, WV
    6/6/2017 AIHC Conference Seattle, WA 
    6/23/2017 Potters Farm Schuykill, PA 
    8/1/2017 Mother Jones Film Festival Cork, Ireland
    9/7/2017 SOMA Festival Maplewood, NJ

    Join Us at Young WV

    Dear Our Children,Our Future Partners and Friends,

    Registration is live and spaces are starting to fill for the Young WV Conference at Marshall University on September 8-10, 2017.  Not registered?  Register here!

                            Are you 15-25 years old?  Do you work with/know a young person?
                               Want WV to be the coolest place to live, go to school and work?

    Then this conference is for you!

    Register TODAY and join a statewide movement of young people committed to making change within their communities in West Virginia.

    At the Young WV Conference, you’ll find:

    • Youth-led breakouts on college readiness, voter engagement, racial justice, mental health, LGBTQ advocacy and more!
    • Young WV Policy Challenge
    • A chance to meet other young people from across the state excited about making change
    • Mini-grant opportunities for exisiting and forming OCOF  student chapters
    • Information on how to create a OCOF chapter in your school or organization

    Want to lead a breakout/workshop?  Register here!  Last year we had over 25 workshops lead by young people and you could be one this year!

     

    Find the latest on the Young WV 2017 Conference at:

    www.ocofwv.org/youngwv/

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    WV Highlands Conservancy 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Save the dates for WV Highlands Conservancy’s 50th Anniversary Celebration! at Canaan Valley Resort State Park!

    OVEC’s Annual Picnic

    Save the date for our annual picnic for members and supporters, this time at the Barboursville Park. We’ll continue celebrating our 30th anniversary with music, picnic fixin’s, and good company. This year, tentative plans include a morning 5K run/walk and a bike ride, too. We’ll have more details later in the year, but for now, do save the date!

    Schedule for Environmental Review of Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP): 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline

    Schedule for Environmental Review of Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP)

    Posted: 15 May 2017 10:05 PM PDT

    Notice from FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION

    RE: Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC​Docket Nos. CP15-554-000 &

    CP15-554-001

    Dominion Transmission, Inc. ​Docket No. CP15-555-000

    NOTICE OF REVISED SCHEDULE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF THE ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE AND SUPPLY HEADER PROJECT

    ​This notice identifies the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff’s revised schedule for the completion of the environmental impact statement (EIS) for Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC’s (Atlantic) Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Dominion Transmission, Inc.’s (DTI) Supply Header Project. The first notice of schedule, issued on August 12, 2016, identified a final EIS date of June 30, 2017.

    However, in response to comments on the draft EIS (which had a comment closing date of April 6, 2017), staff sent an environmental information request to Atlantic and DTI in April 2017, and only recently received the information necessary for us to complete our environmental review. As a result, staff has revised the schedule for issuance of the final EIS.

    >> Issuance of Notice of Availability of the final EIS​: July 21, 2017

    >> 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline: ​October 19, 2017

    In order to receive notification of the issuance of the final EIS and to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription (http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp).

    West Virginia Good Jobs Conference

    West Virginia Good Jobs Conference, taking place Nov. 6-8 at the Tamarack Cultural Center in Beckley.

    – See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20170401/coalfield-development-corporation-launches-pitch-contest#sthash.I1GasokB.dpuf

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