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September 2006
Contents

Massey Energy Court-Ordered to Provide Water in Mingo Co.
Healing Mountains
Back to Work for Our Enchanted Forests, with Love
 Lawsuits Muddy Water Project
MTR Trial Reset for October
Memorial Service in Forested Cemetery Amidst the Devastation of Mountaintop Removal Mining
After 13 Years, Work Finally Underway on Lick Creek Water Project

Attorney Responds to Coal Company Frivolous Lawsuit

"Like Walking Onto Another Planet" - MTR Horrors Described

Local Grandpa Walking to DC for Marsh Fork Kids
Dont Consolidate In Mingo Build a New School for Marsh Fork Kids
For the Sake of the Kids, Blankenship Should Give Back Some of His Millions
The MOP, OVECs Contribution to Mountain Justice Summer 2006
United Nations Sustainability Commission Hit with MTR Realities
Welcome to OVECs Newest Organizer
T H A N K S !
Are You Ready for Some ... Coal Ball? FOC (says) Yes!
Editorial: Stop Complaining, Go to the Polls and Vote!
Was the 2004 Election Stolen? Our Voting System is Not Secure
Blankenship Has Too Much Influence
Awards Presented at OVEC's Annual Meeting on, Naturally, Earth Day
stopmountaintopremoval.org
Don Blankenship Responds to Vanity Fair Article
Ex-Maid Alleges Blankenship Bullied Her Out of Job
Massey CEOs Pay Vastly Exceeds Salaries of Peers, Reports Find
Open Letter to Don Nehlens Publisher
Blair Draft EIS Under Review
No Rain Check for the Man with Endless Blank Checks for Politicians
Inspirational, Educational Gifts for Others and Even Yourself
Hey King Coal! You missed some! Right ... over ... there


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Massey Energy Court-Ordered to Provide Water in Mingo Co.

 
Brenda Brown and brother-in-law Ernie Brown review the names on a court order making Massey Energy supply bottled water to people in Rawl, Sprigg, Lick Creek and Merrimac. Massey tried to lawyer its way out of the court order, but finally delivered water on August 12. Most of the families in the area, even with this drinking water, are still forced to bathe and wash with contaminated water.
Brenda Brown and brother-in-law Ernie Brown review the names on a court order making Massey Energy supply bottled water to people in Rawl, Sprigg, Lick Creek and Merrimac. Massey tried to lawyer its way out of the court order, but finally delivered water on August 12. Most of the families in the area, even with this drinking water, are still forced to bathe and wash with contaminated water.

"This is the first time in Mingo County history that anyone has refused to obey a court order, that I know of."- OVEC member Billy Sammons

by Audrey Carter, Williamson Daily News, July 31, 2006

Residents of the Lick Creek, Rawl, Merrimac and Sprigg areas, who have maintained for years that coal mining destroyed their source of potable water, were granted temporary relief by the court system recently.

However, the defendant in the case has yet to comply with the court order.

On June 8, 2006, a motion was filed by the attorney representing these residents asking that the mining company responsible for allegedly destroying their wells and water table be ordered to provide water replacement.

This motion was granted on July 24, 2006, and Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury decreed that the defendants, Rawl Sales and Processing Co., a subsidiary of Massey Energy Co., provide one case of bottled water per person every week to 194 individuals.

Water replacement was to be made within 72 hours at the Rawl Church of God in Christ.

The defendants were under a legal obligation to

supply the bottled water by July 27.

However, the defendants failed to comply with the order and in facsimile correspondence with the residents’ legal counsel indicated they had not agreed to provide the water.

As of 9:30 a.m., Friday, July 28, approximately 22 individuals, who were desperate for water, according to their attorney, were turned away from the church because of the defendant’s failure to supply water at the designated time and place.

…Construction is currently ongoing to extend waterlines to the affected areas and residents will be getting water from the city of Williamson.

However, the entire project is not expected to be completed until 2007...

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