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    Public Comment Mtg on MXP DEIS in Antioch, TN

    Folks, it’s time to comment on the DEIS (draft environmental impact statement) on the proposed Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline and its associated compressor stations. 

    Come out, speak up! Power in numbers! Come out Tuesday, March 28, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., at Cane Ridge High School, 12848 Old Hickory Boulevard, Antioch, TN 37013.

    We have more detail here. Update: Talking Points on the MX Pipeline DEIS You Can Use to Make Your Own Comments

    Download the DEIS at these links: 

    Hard copies of the DEIS are supposed to be available in public libraries in impacted counties. We have verified that the DEIS is available in the Central City library near the OVEC office, as well as the main Cabell County library in downtown Huntington, and the Putnam County library. We should have received a copy at the OVEC office, but so far have not.

    You can also submit written comments. Here’s what FERC has to say about that:

    Any person wishing to comment on the draft EIS may do so. To ensure consideration of your comments on the proposal in the final EIS, it is important that FERC receive your comments on or before April 24, 2017.

    For your convenience, there are four methods you can use to submit your comments to the Commission. The Commission will provide equal consideration to all comments received, whether filed in written form or provided verbally. The Commission encourages electronic filing of comments and has expert staff available to assist you at (202) 502-8258 or efiling@ferc.gov. Please carefully follow these instructions so that your comments are properly recorded.

    Several ways to make your comments:

    1) You can file your comments electronically using the eComment feature on the Commission’s website (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. This is an easy method for submitting brief, text-only comments on a project;

    2) You can file your comments electronically by using the eFiling feature on the Commission’s website (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. With eFiling, you can provide comments in a variety of formats by attaching them as a file with your submission. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking on “eRegister.” If you are filing a comment on a particular project, please select “Comment on a Filing” as the filing type;or

    3) You can file a paper copy of your comments by mailing them to the following address:

    Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    888 First Street NE, Room 1A
    Washington, DC 20426

    Social Action Fair @ MU

    Come to the Social Action Fair on Wednesday, March 29 in the plaza of the Student Center at Marshall Univeristy in Huntington, WV.

    Come learn about the various local organizations dedicated to social engagement. OVEC will be there!  

    WV SUN: Huntington Coop Info Session

    Huntington Solar Info Session
    Thursday, March 30, 5:30 p.m.

    The Frederick Building
    940 4th Avenue
    Huntington WV

    Click here to RSVP or just walk in!

    More info here.

    The Huntington Solar Co-op is now open and accepting new members! Help spread the word so we can grow this group into another successful co-op.   

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    ACLU Non-Violence Resistance Training

    The American Civil Liberties Union WV and the American Friends Service Committee WV will conduct a training event Thursday, March 30 to make sure people are aware of their rights as protesters and urge organized, public resistance by those opposed to policies of President Donald Trump. This is much needed training. Please make every effort to attend.


    More Info Here

    Protect WV Day at the Capitol

    Join us on March 31, 2017 at the West Virginia Capitol for Protect WV Day.  As a member of the Protect WV campaign, we want to let our legislators know that we are watching the budget closely and don’t want to see any cuts that will hurt West Virginia’s children.  Register now here!

    We have the whole Capitol reserved for this day so we want to pack the Capitol with individuals and organizations that don’t want to see our schools and colleges impacted by this budget gap.  If your organization would like to reserve a table please contact Kasey@OurFutureWV.org.  We are asking for a $30 donation for tables, which are first come first serve.

    Please share our Facebook event through your networks.  Let’s show the legislators that we are watching!

    Again, register here!

    We hope to see everyone on March 31!

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    The State of Appalachia Conference

    More than 50 years ago, the Commission on Religion in Appalachia (CORA) formed as a voice for justice in the mountains. Many of us who continue to echo its message feel that now is an especially meaningful and critically important time to come together once again to examine the economic, environmental and spiritual conditions of our region, to problem solve, and to organize.

    In the spirit of CORA, we invite you to join us for
    “THE STATE OF APPALACHIA” conference
    MARCH 31 – APRIL 1, 2017
    Pipestem State Park in Pipestem, West Virginia.

    Plenaries, workshops, state caucuses, and a projects fair will all be part of the schedule
    $90 to register with us, plus whatever you book as accommodations through Pipe Stem State Park lodge. Limited scholarships are available.

    To learn more and register, go to www.stateofappalachia.org. Join the event on Facebook here, and please invite others! 

    More information will be added about the speakers and workshops as it becomes available. Keep checking back. 

    Co-Sponsored by: West Virginia Council of Churches, Christian Appalachian Ministries, Catholic Committee of Appalachia, Creation Justice Ministries and more…

    Beech Fork: Make It Shine

    On Saturday April 1st, 201 Beech Fork Sate Park will host a volunteer-based clean-up events part of the statewide program, “West Virginia: Make It Shine!”



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    Coal River Mountain Watch Hosts: Blood on the Mountain Free Screening

    You don’t want to miss this important film set largely in the Coal River Valley with major roles by CRMW staff and volunteers!


    Wednesday, April 5 at 6pm

    Judy Bonds Center for Appalachian Preservation

    7503 Coal River Road, Naoma, WV 25140


    RSVP on our Facebook event!


    Let us know if you need sleeping accommodations for the night, we have beds!

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    Shepherd Spring Film Series: Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice

    Event Time and Date

    Wednesday, April 5 2017, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    23 Days until this Event

    As a U.S. Congressman, West Virginia Secretary of State, university professor, author, and environmental activist, Ken Hechler changed the face of West Virginia politics. This West Virginia Public Broadcasting documentary traces the evolution of Congressman Hechler’s political philosophy to the progressive movement of the early twentieth century and documents his commitment to public service and political office.  With added insight from U.S. Senators Tom Harkin, George McGovern, and Robert Dole, as well as Congressmen John Brademas and James Symington, the film highlights Hechler’s lifelong devotion to helping the citizens of the West Virginia and nation.

    Reserve your seat(s) by contacting Jody Brumage (jbrumage@shepherd.edu)

    Women and Gender in the Social and Natural Worlds

    Join us for the multidisciplinary conference addressing the experiences of women in rural contexts around the world. The conference is $20 for students and $40 for faculty and includes lunch at the Pullman Hotel. Please visit www.marshall.edu/womenstudies to register!

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    Learn to Monitor Water Quality

    Vulnerable headwater streams are at risk from shale gas development. That’s why WV Rivers and Trout Unlimited are training volunteers, as part of the WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Program, to effectively monitor water quality in areas with the potential to experience impacts from shale gas development.

    The program will be hosting a training in Charleston, WV on Saturday, April 8. 


    More Info Here



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    Free Webinar on the Citizen’s Guide to Fracking Permits in West Virginia

    Are you confused by the complicated permitting process required for shale gas development and it’s related infrastructure? Between well pad construction, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and the pipelines needed to transport the fracked gas, there are multiple permits companies must receive from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) before construction can begin.

    That’s why we’ve created the Citizen’s Guide to Fracking Permits in West Virginia. The Citizen’s Guide will help you understand and get involved in the permitting process. Download the Citizen’s Guide here.

    We’ll be holding a free webinar on the Citizen’s Guide on April, 12 with our partner, Downstream Strategies. Learn more about the Guide and how it can help you submit meaningful comments to the WVDEP.

    What: Free Webinar on the Citizen’s Guide to Fracking Permits in West Virginia
    When: Wednesday, April 12, 1-3pm
    Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1401986558402369795


    More Info Here

    OVEC’s Monthly Membership Meeting

    In 2017, we will host monthly membership meetings at our office in Huntington’s Old Central City neighborhood. Meetings will be held at 5:30 pm on the third Tuesday of every month.  Of course, we will serve light refreshments! 

    We are hoping these meetings will be a chance for you to meet other OVEC members and staff. The meetings will be an opportunity for us to share information with one another, as well as a chance for you to learn more about and become more engaged in our work.  Each month we’ll have a different topic and/or action. Contact us for details.

    Current, lapsed and future members are invited to attend our first meetings. We hope to see you there! Contact Keena at 304-522-0246 or keena@ohvec.org for more information or directions.

    WVU Parkersburg Earth Day Expo


    The Ecohawks are having an Earth Day Expo at WVUP. We hope that you are able to come check out this event


    More Info Here

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    Marshall University Earth Day Celebration

    Join us for some great fun and celebrate our green earth.

    A very special day is coming up this April: Earth Day. In recognition of this occasion, the MU Garden Club and the MU Sustainability Department are hosting an Earth Day celebration on Marshall University’s campus on April 19th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    A wild variety of workshops, presenters, and participants will fill this event with green and sustainable learning opportunities. Visitors both young and old will be entertained and engaged.


    More Info Here

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    Marcellus Shale WV Play at Albans Theater

    The play “Marcellus Shale” will be performed at the Alban Theater and Conference Center, St. Albans, WV, April 21-22.
    The play has been adapted to match up more with local circumstances. In the original version of the play, in 2016, a rural community in upstate New York confronts these questions as “fracking” transforms the landscape and divides friends and families. This new music-theater work is inspired by interviews with people living on the Marcellus Shale and Dostoevsky’s “The Demons”. “Marcellus Shale” is the name of a sedimentary rock formation rich in natural gas, and, in this work, its sedimentary layers are a metaphor for the complex, richly-layered histories and lives of the people who inhabit it.
    The evening will include a panel of folks, including an OVEC staffer, who will take questions and talk about area concerns.

    Join the event on Facebook, and get more info here.

    20th Treehuggers’ Ball & 30th Birthday Bash: Birthday Bash Weekend!

    Starting at 6 p.m. on April 28, OVEC will celebrate our 20th Treehuggers’ Ball and our 30th anniversary in one big bash at the V Club in Huntington, WV.  Join the event on Facebook and event your friends here. The V Club is located at 741 6th Ave, Huntington, WV, 25701. Cover charge $15.

    The nationally traveling, Cincinnati-based trash-grass unit, Rumpke Mountain Boys, will headline the evening.

    Join us from 6-9 p.m. for a party on the patio, with some good grub and a birthday cake. (There will be no smoking on the patio during these hours.) Music will include Karen Scalf, Dos-3-Guise, and Shayar. Of course, THB/BB will include our legendary silent auction.

    Post- 9 p.m. acts will include Moonshine Crossing, Restless Leg String Band, and, the headliners, Rumpke Mountain Boys.

    Make it a weekend in Huntington, to help us celebrate our 30th: Treehuggers’ Ball and Birthday Bash on the 28th, People’s Climate March Sister March in Huntington on the 29th and a bird watching walk on the 30th.  Details: 

    OVEC’s 30th Birthday Bash Weekend

    Sages know you have to take time to rest and play:

    There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.
                ― Thomas MertonConjectures of a Guilty Bystander 

    People’s Climate Movement March in Washington, D.C.

    From the website for the People’s Climate Movement

    A historic movement is growing to confront Donald Trump’s unprecedented attacks on people and the planet.

    The day after the inauguration, millions of people hit the streets in what has been called the largest mobilization in US history. 

    When Trump signed an executive order reviving the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, thousands of people rallied in D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and many other cities across the country within hours.

    Continuing to mobilize is how we rebuild political momentum for climate action and stand up against bigotry and injustice.

    On April 29, the People’s Climate Mobilization is our chance to rise up against every part of Trump’s vicious fossil fuel agenda and show the strength and determination of our opposition. Sign up now to find out more and continue building this epic wave of action.

    The first 100 days are when Presidents have the most power and legitimacy to pursue their agendas. The People’s Climate Mobilization will include rolling actions during those 100 days, leading to a major demonstration on April 29th in Washington DC and around the country.

    The Trump Administration wants to shock us into despair and inaction: that’s why he started with pushing Keystone XL and Dakota Access in his first week, along with trying to expunge all references to climate change from government websites and social media. He’s also inaugurated attacks on women’s health and dignity, and today he’s attacking immigrants and refugees.

    The People’s Climate Mobilization is our next chance to show our determination and unity, and transform it into real political power. Sign up for the People’s Climate Mobilization and you’ll get regular announcements about things you can do as a part of this resistance.

    The Trump Administration will not be able to keep its promises to their fossil fuel industry backers. Clean, 100% renewable energy is on the rise across the country. We will continue our unshakable opposition on the ground, and in the courts — every pipeline, every coal mine, every time.

    Continuing to act is how we keep hope alive. At this dangerous time, there is nothing we need more than hope, so that we may forge a new future that provides justice and dignity for us all.

    We will get there — together. 

    Huntington’s Sister People’s Climate March and Rally

    Join us on Saturday, April 29, for the People’s Climate March Sister March, right here in Huntington, starting at 11 a.m. at Heritage Station. Join the event on Facebook here, and be sure to invite your friends. No need to hightail it to D.C. to show your love for Mama Earth and everyone who lives here. Let’s work together to draw a crowd! 

    We’ll have a rousing rally with speakers and music, then a march around downtown Huntington in a visible show of support for climate and environmental protections–for our city, state, region, nation, and the planet we all call home.

    You’ll have a chance to find out more about oil and gas threats to the Ohio River watershed, which could prevent us from reaching our climate goals, and may endanger the tap water sources for millions of people. You’ll also have the chance to meet up with folks who are working to fight back, and to create a better future for our area! 

    This event is part of OVEC’s 30th Birthday Bash Weekend. Details here:

    OVEC’s 30th Birthday Bash Weekend

    Birthday Bash Weekend: Bird Watching Hike at Greenbottom with Experienced Guides

    Green Bottom WMA. Photo by Janet Keating.

    As part of OVEC’s 30th Birthday Bash Weekend, spend a memorable morning at Green Bottom Wildlife Management Area, one of the most popular birding areas in West Virginia, with two experienced Huntington-area birders—Michael Griffith and Janet Keating.

    Sign up early, as we only have room for 4 more people (two slots are already taken). E-mail info@ohvec.org right away if you want to join the walk. The spring migration will be in full tilt, so it should be a great time to go birding.

    Janet and Mike will meet you at the DNR office at Green Bottom WMA at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 30. Green Bottom WMA is 18 miles north of Huntington; access via state Route 2. We’ll be out birding until about noon.

    You’ll need your own binoculars. We may tromp through wet areas, so wear appropriate shoes or boots. You may want to bring a snack and a container of water. Note that there are no bathrooms, so you may have to stalk the wild asparagus if the call of the wild sounds. 

    Janet is OVEC’s retired executive director and Mike is a biologist/naturalist. Each has more than 30 years of experience birding. They will help you stalk and identify migrating and resident bird species in this unique wetlands. Stretching along the banks of the Ohio River, this wildlife management area is a network of agricultural lands, forestlands, wetlands, and open water. More than 100 species of birds may be seen each year in these wetlands and along the river bottom.

    This is a unique opportunity to observe and learn about all the many species of birds that migrate through and/or breed in West Virginia. You may be surprised; birds are where you find them. You may see shorebirds, waterfowl, flycatchers, sparrows, orioles, herons, tree swallows, vireos, prothonotary and other warblers and, birds of prey like red-tailed hawk, osprey, bald eagles and more! 

    3rd Annual Huntington Sustainability Fair

    Come on out for the 3rd Annual Huntington Sustainability Fair!

    10 a.m – 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20
    at The Wild Ramp, 555 14th St W, Huntington, and the Charles Holley Gazebo, across the street. 

    Free family fun! Join the vent on Facebook here and invite others.

    The Huntington Sustainability Fair project is a cooperative effort by Marshall University Sustainability Department, the Wild Ramp, Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area, the City of Huntington, OVEC (the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition), the Old Central City Association, Tour DePATH, and many more.

    PARTICIPANTS WANTED: Area crafts persons, artisans, farmers/growers, organizations, businesses and more are invited to participate in our event. We charge a nominal fee of $20 to set-up a booth. These funds will help us fund this and next year’s event. To participate in our event, visit: www.HuntingtonSustainabilityFair.com.

    VOLUNTEERS: We need you! The community is encouraged to take part. We are in great need of helping hands leading up to and on the day of the fair. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit: www.HuntingtonSustainabilityFair.com.

    We encourage everyone to come learn, listen to live local music, and have fun. There will be a wide variety of participating organizations and groups offering workshops, hands-on demonstrations, and exhibits on sustainable issues. There will also be live music, artisans, and family friendly activities.

    To make a tax deductible donation, please mail your check or money order to the Marshall University Sustainability Department, 1 John Marshall Drive, Huntington WV 25755. Proceeds go to help fund Huntington’s annual Sustainability Fair.

    Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HuntingtonSustainabilityFair.

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    National Academy of Sciences Wants to Hear from You on MTR and Human Health

    In early August of 2016, the Charleston Gazette reported that an “expert team being appointed by the National Academy of Sciences will examine a ‘growing amount of academic research’ that suggests ‘possible correlations’ between increased public health risks for Appalachian residents and living near mountaintop removal coal mining.”

    In an action alert that month we noted: “The committee of experts undertaking this study is to hold four town hall meetings to gather information from folks like us about mountaintop removal’s health impacts. The locations and dates for these meetings have not yet been announced. Stay tuned.”

    Well we now the Charleston, WV date: May 22-24. We will post the location as soon as we have it. You can sign up for updates from the committee here.  Please come out for this meeting and tell the story of mountaintop removal’s impacts on your health!

    Background info here.

    Info from NAS:

    Potential Human Health Effects of Surface Coal Mining Operations in Central Appalachia

    Statement of Task

    An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will conduct a study to examine the potential relationship between increased health risks and living in proximity to sites that have been or are being mined or reclaimed for surface coal deposits. The study will focus on four states in Central Appalachia. In particular, the study will:

    1. Identify and briefly describe the main types of coal deposits in Central Appalachia that are extracted using surface mining techniques. Descriptions will include geologic and geochemical characteristics, mining and reclamation operations, and waste management approaches.
    2. Summarize the state and federal regulatory frameworks for surface coal mining operations, including coal preparation plants and the associated coarse coal refuse facilities and slurry impoundments.
    3. Systematically search and screen literature to identify relevant scientific publications on the potential human health effects related to surface coal mining operations. The committee will use the selected literature to accomplish the following:

    a. Identify effects from surface coal mining operations on air, surface water, ground-water, and drinking water quality and on ecologic communities and soil that could potentially lead to human health concerns.
    b. Evaluate the potential for short-term and long-term human health effects, which will include consideration of potential exposure pathways and relevant environmental contaminants and other stressors.
    c. Assess the scientific and methodologic quality, rigor, and sufficiency of the scientific research.

    4. Identify baseline data and approaches necessary to monitor environmental and human health indicators that may be affected by surface coal mining operations.
    5. Identify gaps in research and needs for additional research that may assist in the development of new approaches to safeguard the health of residents living near these types of coal mining operations.

    As this study is focused on human health effects for those living in close proximity to surface coal mine operations, the committee will not consider the occupational health aspects of workers at these mines.

    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!

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