Remembering Laura - Memorial
Fund Helps Her Passion Live On
Its hard to believe that were approaching the
second-year anniversary of the tragic death of OVECs beloved
organizer, Laura Forman, who died on Dec. 10, 2001.
We miss her, still, but are doing our part to carry
forward her dream of ending mountaintop removal coal mining. Laura
collapsed at a protest that she organized outside the office building of
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Huntington. OVEC was protesting the
Corps misguided practice of issuing general permits (nationwide
permits) that allow coal companies to dump waste into streams without
conducting site-specific environmental impact studies.
Upon hearing of Lauras death, people asked us to
establish a memorial fund in her name, which we did. All the funds that
are contributed to her memorial fund are used in our "Stop
Mountaintop Removal" campaign. For those who crossed her path, she
was known for her fierce love of coalfield residents and the mountains.
While she walked among us, she devoted so many of her
waking hours to making mountaintop removal the most talked-about
environmental issue in West Virginia. Full of courage and fire,
regulators, coal-friendly politicians and adversaries alike could expect
her to give them a piece of her mind.
If you would like to send a contribution to OVEC in
Lauras memory, please send your check to: OVEC, Laura Forman Memorial
Fund, P.O. Box 6753, Huntington, WV 25773-6753.